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Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, left, Gov. Tony Evers, center, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, right(Photo: Journal Sentinel files)

MADISON - Republican lawmakers took just seconds to reject Gov. Tony Evers' call for action on gun violence on Thursday, swiftly denying debate and votes on bills that would add new rules for who in Wisconsin can possess firearms.

GOP leaders of the Assembly and the Senate each took less than one minute to ignore a special legislative session called by Evers to take up two bills that expand background checks on firearm sales and implement a new so-called red flag law.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau stood alone in the Senate chamber to formally gavel into the special session as required by law, and just as quickly ended it. 

Though he was the only senator in the chamber, he said all 19 Senate Republicans were united in their opposition to Evers' bills for universal background checks and a new red-flag law.