2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 14, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives James, Sargent, Bowen,
Anderson, Ballweg, Cabrera, Considine, Doyle, Duchow, Edming,
Kitchens, Kulp, Kurtz, Loudenbeck, B. Meyers, Milroy, Mursau, Neubauer,
Novak, Oldenburg, Petersen, Petryk, Plumer, Ramthun, Riemer,
Rohrkaste, Sanfelippo, Schraa, Shankland, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Subeck, C.
Taylor, Tittl, Tranel, Tusler, Vining, Vruwink, Zamarripa, Zimmerman,
Wittke and Dittrich, cosponsored by Senators Bernier, Carpenter, Feyen,
Olsen, L. Taylor, Schachtner and Larson. Referred to Committee on Local
1An Act to create
20.435 (5) (eh) and 51.73 of the statutes; relating to: grants
2related to preventing suicide by firearm and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to award grants to
organizations or coalitions of organizations, including cities, villages, towns, and
counties, for 1) sharing guidelines and training staff at a firearm retailer or firearm
range on avoiding selling or renting a firearm to persons who may be considering
suicide; 2) providing suicide prevention materials for distribution at a firearm
retailer or firearm range; or 3) providing voluntary firearm storage. A grant
recipient must contribute matching funds or in-kind services having a value equal
to at least 20 percent of the grant amount.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 4
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.435 (5) (eh) of the statutes is created to read:
(eh) Grants to prevent suicide by firearm.
Biennially, the amounts 3
in the schedule for grants related to preventing suicide by firearm under s. 51.73.
51.73 of the statutes is created to read:
551.73 Grants to prevent suicide by firearm. (1)
From the appropriation 6
under s. 20.435 (5) (eh), the department shall award grants to organizations or 7
coalitions of organizations, which may include a city, village, town, or county, for any 8
of the following purposes:
(a) To share guidelines and train staff at a firearm retailer or firearm range on 10
how to avoid selling or renting a firearm to a person who may be considering suicide.
(b) To provide suicide prevention materials for distribution at a firearm retailer 12
or firearm range.
(c) To provide voluntary firearm storage.
The department may not award a grant under sub. (1) unless the recipient 15
contributes matching funds or in-kind services having a value equal to at least 20 16
percent of the grant.
The department may not award a grant to a recipient under sub. (1) for an 18
amount that exceeds $5,000. The department may not award a grant under sub (1) 19
having a duration of more than one year and may not renew a grant awarded under
sub. (1). In awarding grants under sub. (1), the department shall give preference to 2
organizations or coalitions of organizations that have not received a grant under this 3