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Walker toughens penalties for ‘straw’ gun purchases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill strengthening the penalties for legally buying a firearm with the intent to provide the weapon to someone barred from having a gun.

Walker on Wednesday signed the bill increasing penalties from a misdemeanor to a felony for “straw” purchases. It was one of 41 bills he signed.

Walker also signed a bill would allow developers to fill in partions of urban and rural wetlands without a state permit. Conservationist groups opposed the bill, saying it would lead to the destruction of wildlife habitat and exacerbate flooding.

Walker also partially vetoed a bill that would have allowed sexually violent people on supervised release to live closer than 1,500 feet away from schools, child care facilities, parks and churches. Walker’s veto keeps the 1,500-feet requirement in place for those locations and others.

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