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Committee endorses move to ensure domestic, child abuse suspects turn over guns

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate panel unanimously endorsed a bill Thursday to make sure that domestic and child abuse suspects turn in their guns when told to do so.

The public safety panel referred the measure to the full Senate, after the Assembly approved it last week.

Those required to turn in weapons would have to fill out questionnaires about their guns -- and they'd be charged with perjury if they lie. Courts would hold hearings to make sure weapons are turned in.

Federal law requires that people give up their weapons when they're given restraining orders. However, a Governor's Council study in 2008 showed that 70 percent of Wisconsin counties did not have a system in place to make sure the law is followed.

Also Thursday, the Senate safety panel unanimously okayed a bill to make judges check police records on those under injunctions before any seized weapons they own can be returned.

The bill seeks to assure that those prohibited from owning guns would not get them back.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)