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Universal background checks for gun buyers pushed by Minority Democrats

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Minority Democrats want to require universal background checks for all gun purchases in Wisconsin -- and they say more people support the idea.

At a news conference Thursday, Democrats stood with boxes they said had signatures from 16,500 Wisconsinites who support background checks.

Milwaukee Senate Democrat Nikiya Harris said an increase in her city's murder rate is one reason to close what she calls loopholes in the state's public safety network. She said that without universal background checks, laws to prevent felons from possessing guns mean nothing.

The bill would require background checks for all gun purchases not only at dealers -- but at gun shows and on the Internet as well.

The U.S. Senate rejected a similar national bill last April.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)