Under a bill proposed by Republican lawmaker Rep. Michael Schraa, Wisconsin police would be forbidden from enforcing any new federal gun and ammunition restrictions, bans or registration requirements enacted after Jan. 1.
According to the bill, any police officer caught knowingly enforcing any federal statute or order regarding gun restrictions would be guilty of a misdemeanor, fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to nine months in jail.
The first-term legislator and National Rifle Association member began seeking a co-sponsor on Tuesday by submitting the bill to his colleagues by email. He also issued a statement to the media citing the bill as a message to the federal government of Wisconsin’s refusal to restrict the right to bear arms.
"I'm not this cowboy, gun-toting legislator," Schraa said. “"I just think it's ultimately important to protect our constitutional rights.”
The measure would also include regulation of guns made in Wisconsin, which have not crossed state lines and would therefore be subject only under Wisconsin law and not the federal interstate commerce law. It would also ban doctors from discussing guns in patient medical history, which Schraa says is an intrusion on privacy.
The deadline to seek a co-signer is June 21.