In place of gun control, Assembly passes suicide prevention bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a package of eight bills designed to prevent suicides.

The bills all passed with broad, bipartisan support.

Still, Democrats argued the measures passed Thursday aren't as effective as gun control measures they refused to debate, including a "red flag" bill that would allow judges to confiscate guns from people determined to be a threat to themselves or others.

One of them would create a grant program to pay gun shop owners to store guns voluntarily turned over by gun owners.

Another creates a new suicide prevention program within the state Department of Health Services that would hand out about $250,000 in suicide prevention grants a year.

Another would require schools and universities that issue student identification cards to include contact information for suicide prevention and crisis support hotlines on the cards.

In total, the bills would spend about $1.5 million over two years on a variety of suicide prevention initiatives.

They now head to the Senate.

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