Wisconsin panel approves gun process in domestics

The dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo).
The dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo).

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A legislative committee has approved a bill that would establish a standard process for seizing guns in domestic abuse cases.

The Senate’s public safety committee passed the measure unanimously, setting up a full Senate vote. The measure passed the Assembly last week. Senate approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin law requires people to surrender their guns if they’re subject to a domestic abuse injunction but doesn’t spell out how.

Republican Rep. Garey Bies’ bill would require the subject of an injunction to fill out a form documenting his or weapons. A judge would hold a hearing to order the person to surrender the weapons. The person would fill out a form requesting the firearms’ return when the injunction expires.

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