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Half of Wisconsin's congressional representatives own firearms.

As a plan imposing new gun trafficking penalties was introduced; Gabby Giffords starred in a gun control commercial; and Obama called for bipartisan cooperation in the gun control debate, USA TODAY and The Gannett Washington Bureau pondered whether or not the people with power to foster or stifle new gun control measures were gun owners themselves.

Their survey found that half of the members of Wisconsin’s ten-strong congressional delegation do in fact own guns, and a few of them are also members of the National Rifle Association. House members Reid Ribble, Ron Kind, Tom Petri and Paul Ryan make up the state’s gun-toting lawmakers, and Ribble, Kind and Ryan are also members of the NRA. Tammy Baldwin, a Madison Democrat, is also a gun owner.

On the opposite side, Rep. Gwen Moore, a Milwaukee Democrat, and Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the Menomonee Falls Republican, reported that they don't own guns. Three other legislators (Sen. Ron Johnson, freshman Rep. Mark Pocan and Rep. Sean Duffy) didn’t respond.

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POSTED 1/12/2015