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Local politicians pushing for gun control in Washington

CREATED Jan 17, 2013

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Politicians are pushing President Obama's new plan for gun control. Many of the proposed bans need congressional approval, and that's why some groups are asking the public to step in.

As some the President's proposals make their way to Capitol Hill, local and state lawmakers here at home are pushing for Congress to act.

For gun control advocates, the pressure for change is paramount.

"They have put this issue squarely before lawmakers in Washington, D.C.,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Joining anti-gun violence groups and state lawmakers, Mayor Barrett called on congress to work with the White House. Concerned party politics could stall the President's plan.

"Will they listen to the American people, or will they listen to the gun manufacturers and apologists for a current system that creates a country where far too many people lose their lives?" said Mayor Barrett.

Domestic violence workers applaud the call for universal background checks, even for private gun sales or transfers.

Especially after the Azana Spa Shooting in Brookfield last October, Where the shooter used the web to buy his weapon.

"The perpetrator in that case simply went on the internet and posted a 'wanted to buy' ad for a gun,” said Tony Gibart with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “’Looking for a handgun that's 300 or best offer. Looking to buy asap.’"

People acknowledge the move for sweeping gun control has its challenges. Milwaukee state Assemblyman Jon Richards told reporters he's working on a similar state law for background checks, in case the national effort falls flat.

“If, for some reason, the efforts fall apart in Washington, we can take that up in madison and make sure wisconsin citizens have the benefit of that law," said Rep. Richards.

Wisconsin's senators have spoken publicly surrounding the President's plan. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin pushed Congress to get its act together and support the proposals. Republican Senator Ron Johnson supported looking for solutions. He is wary, however, about any measure that may step on Second Amendment rights.