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Walker says budget will address domestic violence


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Walker says a provision of his upcoming state budget will involve monitoring the subjects of restraining orders, in the wake of a mass shooting in Brookfield last year by a man who ignored the terms of his domestic violence injunction.

"We're going to talk about that...in the budget, about additional things we can do when it comes to restraining orders and tracking these individuals, to provide greater certainty for the victims," Walker told reporters after an appearance in Madison before a Wisconsin Bankers Association conference.

Last October, Zina Haughton and two other women were killed, and others shot and wounded, when Haughton's estranged husband ignored a restraining order and opened fire at Haughton's work place, a Brookfield Spa.

Zina Haughton's relatives and others have urged requiring more GPS tracking of people with domestic violence junctions.

Walker did not specify what will be included in his budget proposal next month on curbing domestic violence, but in a previous interview with 27 News, referenced the use of GPS monitoring in high-risk, domestic abuse situations.

Haughton's estranged husband, Radcliffe Haughton, also sidestepped a ban on possessing guns, by purchasing one from a private seller, where there is no background check carried out. The lack of such background checking has become known as the so-called gun show loophole, with gun sales at gun shows also not subject to waiting periods and certain background checks.

When asked if he would support closing the so-called loophole, Walker was noncommittal.

"Those are things that we'll look at," Walker said.

In Washington, Vice President Joe Biden has been meeting with stakeholders to develop an action plan in response to gun violence and last month's killing of twenty school children in Connecticut.  

Walker suggested the primary focus should not be on the weapons, but on the killers in mass shootings and how instability in their lives was not fully addressed.

"Where are the weaknesses in the system? How are people falling through the cracks?" Walker said.

In a speech to the audience at the WBA event, Walker indicated his state-of-the-state speech next week and his budget announcement next month will prioritize job growth, expanded workforce development, transforming education, and making investments in roads and other infrastructure.


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