Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ call for a special session on gun legislation required lawmakers to convene, but they didn’t have to do anything else. And they didn’t, with GOP leaders in the Assembly and Senate gaveling the session to a close in less than a minute without considering two bills to expand background checks and impose a red-flag law, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Evers, a Democrat, put forward his proposals after gunmen in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, slew 31 people over one weekend in August. Republican lawmakers ignored his pleas to take up his two bills and he tried to force the issue last month by calling the special session for this week. “There’s just not any momentum in the caucus to take up either one of the bills that the governor has offered,” Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told reporters after standing on the Senate dais, declaring the special session over and banging his gavel. Evers said the Republicans had essentially told Wisconsin residents to “go jump in a lake” by refusing to take up the proposals.