WI bill would let residents purchase long guns anywhere

Sep 17, 2013

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A pair of Republican legislators have introduced a bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to purchase rifles and shotguns from dealers anywhere in the nation. 

The Wisconsin State Journal reports in Monday's editions that the federal Gun Control Act enacted in 1968 banned interstate firearm sales. The act allowed dealers to sell long guns to buyers in contiguous states, however.

The federal Firearms Owners Protection Act passed in 1986 allowed states to permit people to buy long guns from dealers in any state. Representative John Spiros and Senator Tom Tiffany's bill would eliminate the border state restriction for Wisconsin residents.

Representative Terese Berceau, a Madison Democrat, says the bill caters to the National Rifle Association.

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Executive Director George Meyer says hunters likely will support the measure.