"They say the measure would make Milwaukee safer."
I don't know what that word ("misdemeanor") means in Wisconsin law, so I looked it up.
So ... you can be treated as a felon if you have already been convicted of (for example):
A misdemeanor is a crime which is punishable by less than a year in jail or prison.
- Resisting or obstructing an officer
- Conducting a Lottery
- Deer hunting violations
- Various food regulation violations
CORRECTION: rereading the original article (always a good idea) I note the sentence reads:
The bill would make it a felony for people to possess a gun if they've had three misdemeanor convictions in five years.
I apologize for the mistake, The corrected reading makes more sense.
It still does not establish a legitimate precedence for undermining a citizen's Second Amendment rights for misdemeanors.
Wisconsin legislators propose new gun crimes: MADISON, Wis. (AP) --
A group of Wisconsin legislators is proposing a bill that would create a number of new gun crimes. The bill would make it a felony for people to possess a gun if they've had three misdemeanor convictions in five years. The measure also would make it a felony to buy a gun intending to give it someone who can't legally possess it; giving a gun or possessing one for someone who can't legally possess it; and lying about being a straw buyer on the notification form purchasers give dealers. Sens. Alberta Darling, a River Hills Republican, and LaTonya Johnson, a Milwaukee Democrat, along with state Reps. Joe Sanfelippo, a New Berlin Republican, and David Bowen, a Milwaukee Democrat, are sponsoring the bill. They say the measure would make Milwaukee safer.