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Gov. Walker: Tougher penalties for gun law violations is possible

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker responds to calls for tougher penalties for gun law violators.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett want change, following a dozen shootings in Milwaukee this past weekend. 

Governor Walker says he's open to changing the penalties for people ignoring gun laws.

"We'd be more than happy to work with the legislature on that, particularly for law enforcement that would be an added deterrent," Walker says. "Certainly people possessing firearms who are legally not able to is a major problem. That's a distinction between law abiding citizens, if they think that's a help, we'd be glad to work with them then."

Republican State Senator Alberta Darling say she's working on legislation to increase penalties for violent criminals who illegally carry handguns. She hopes to introduce it in time for the fall session.

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