Kevin Nicholson officially enters race against Baldwin with this launch video

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Former Marine and former Democrat Kevin Nicholson today became the first Republican to get into the 2018 race against Sen. Tammy Baldwin next year. Hailing from Delafield, Nicholson launched his campaign with this video, strongly emphasizing his military service and casting himself as a “conservative outsider” who is pro-life, pro-gun and pro-voucher. > Wisconsin Public Radio.

Soglin launches program offering up to $1,000 bounty for guns used or hoarded illegally

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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced the program Tuesday, saying, “Our city cannot control who carries, buys, or sells a firearm”, adding the city is “not pleased” the GOP-led Legislature has loosened rules for gun ownership in Wisconsin. “But we can try and retrieve these firearms and have them lead us to the perpetrators.” > Wisconsin State Journal

State Journal: Firearms 101 a bad idea for schools

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Most Wisconsin high schools don’t teach students how to drive cars anymore because of limited time and money. Yet some Republican lawmakers think today’s schools have the resources and need to start teaching teenagers how to handle and shoot guns. The Wisconsin State Journal says: “Seriously?”

Public schools could offer firearm safety course under Republican bill

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Teenagers could learn in school how to safely handle firearms under a bill introduced last week by Rep. Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin) and Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls). They say the bill is in response to a growing interest in trap shooting among Wisconsin students, and would cover multiple types of firearms, including handguns. > Wisconsin State Journal

Journal Times: No bait-and-switch on concealed carry

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Part of the “sell” for the concealed-carry six years ago was the assurance that citizens would be required to have a background check and to undergo some basic firearms training. But in a classic example of bait and switch, state Republicans want to renege on that commitment and eliminate permit and training requirements. > Journal Times

Wisconsin Republicans propose gun classes in public schools

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A group of Republican legislators is circulating a bill that would create gun safety classes for high school students. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin), Rob Brooks (R-Saukville) and Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), along with Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls). > TMJ4 Milwaukee

Debriefing last week’s public debate on relaxing Wisconsin gun laws

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People in Wisconsin would be able to carry concealed firearms without training or permits, under a proposal debated by lawmakers and the public in a hearing at the capitol last week. The broad legislation would also allow some people to bring guns onto school grounds and lower the penalties on people caught doing so. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel