Milwaukee's mayor and police chief stood next to confiscated rifles Thursday, and spelled out several changes they'd like to see in national and state gun laws.
Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Ed Flynn invited the media in to see some of the 264 military-style assault weapons that Milwaukee Police say they've seized on city streets over the last four years. Mayor Barrett wants congress to ban those weapons that can quickly fire a large number of bullets.
"My view is you don't need that many bullets to shoot a deer, or for self-defense," he says.
Milwaukee police have challenged Gov. Walker's claim that crime has risen in Milwaukee, made against Mayor Tom Barrett during the recent recall election. Police say an internal audit of data shows crime continues to drop in the city.
The final tally for campaign spending on the recall election isn't complete yet. But campaign finance watchdog Mike McCabe says once it is it will be the most expensive election in the state's history.
In Tuesday’s recall race, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett for the most part carried the counties they won in the 2010 match up. But, there are some counties that flipped their votes.
In 2010, voters in Eau Claire, Trempealeau, Crawford and Green Counties leaned towards Barrett. This year, they went for Walker.
Walker won the recall race by a couple hundred votes in those counties. But in Trempealeau County, Republicans came out in force, racking up 57% of the vote.
Defeated gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett says another state-wide campaign is not out of the question. Barrett says that he is open to future political opportunities, but he also says he’s glad to be back at his post as Milwaukee's mayor, “I’m never going to say no, I’m never going to say yes. I love being mayor. This was never ever about not enjoying this job. And it felt good to come back.”