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Governor Walker won't push for gun background checks

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker says he won't push for more extensive background checks for gun owners in Wisconsin following inaction in the U.S. Senate on the issue.

During a conference call from Shanghai Thursday, Walker was asked about the issue.  The governor is in China leading a 10-day trade mission.

Walker has repeatedly said he is focused on improving mental health services in the state and reiterates that position.

Wisconsin requires people who purchase guns from federal licensed dealers to undergo background checks, but doesn't regulate private transactions.  Democrats in Wisconsin call for universal background checks.

Walker says the issue should be left to the federal government to regulate, not individual states.

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