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Democratic lawmakers to propose three new gun control bills

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, three Wisconsin Democrats say they'll propose a trio of gun-control bills.

State Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee) said Tuesday he'd like to see a ban on assault rifles and military-grade ammunition. He also says people who apply for concealed-carry permits should have to pass a mental-health test.

Kessler was joined by Rep.-elects Mandela Barnes and Evan Goyke, also of Milwaukee. The three say they're still working on the bill language, and they're open to input.

Kessler acknowledges there might be difficulty advancing the bills through both Republican-controlled chambers, but he says his GOP colleagues will be hard-pressed to vote against ensuring that concealed-carry applicants are mentally sound.

Pro-gun lobbyist James Fendry says mandating psychological exams will divert mental-health professionals from patients who need real help.

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