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Van Hollen says changing gun law unnecessary after Brookfield shooting

CREATED Oct 25, 2012

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Attorney General says there is no need to change gun laws because of the killing spree at a spa in Brookfield this past week.

Radcliffe Haughton bought his gun from a private seller. 

By law, private sellers are not required to do background checks on the buyer.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says changing the law would be too hard to enforce.

"Who is to draw the line between, 'I sold you a firearm, I loaned you a firearm, I've given you a firearm, you've taken the firearm from me?' " asked Van Hollen.

"Not to mention, you could try to close every presumed loophole you can, and people who want to do these things are going to find a way to do it."

Others, like Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, say the state should try to close loopholes.

Authorities are still investigating how Haughton purchased the gun.