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Dem lawmakers propose tougher gun laws against subjects of restraining orders


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Two Democratic state legislators propose tougher gun laws against domestic abusers, in the wake of Sunday’s shootings at a Brookfield spa.

But even advocates for abuse victims say it would not have prevented Radcliffe Haughton from storming into his estranged wife’s workplace and shooting 7 women – killing his wife Zina and two others.

Authorities said Haughton bought his .40-caliber weapon on Saturday, two days after a judge ordered him not to have any weapons as part of a restraining order to stay away from Zina. And because he bought the gun from a private dealer, Haughton did not have to undergo the normal background checks.

Milwaukee Senate Democrat Lena Taylor and Appleton Assembly Democrat Penny Bernard Schaber say there’s still a need for a crackdown.

Taylor says there are inconsistent standards across Wisconsin – and sometimes none at all – for collecting guns from domestic abuse suspects. The bill would make the subjects of restraining orders give up their weapons with 48 hours, or face arrest.

Taylor tried passing the same bill in 2010, but the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups were able to shoot it down. Jeff Nass of the NRA’s Wisconsin Force group says the bill would not have stopped Haughton. And Tony Gibart of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence says he doesn’t know what would have prevented the shootings.