APPLETON - Monday marks one year since a deadly shooting at a salon in Brookfield.
Three women were killed and four others were hurt at the Azana Salon and Spa. The gunman was the estranged husband of one of the victims. He later killed himself. The salon was closed Monday in remembrance of the victims.
Others are using that incident to advocate for stricter gun laws.
Activists for stricter gun control legislation braved the cold afternoon in downtown Appleton Monday to make their opinions clear.
"They should not go and sell a gun to somebody just to sell a gun, they need to make sure they are doing it safely," said Suzi Quall of Appleton.
But they were also joined by several men legally openly carrying guns, who say more government regulation won't solve the problems.
"I think we have a good system already. I have been through several background checks and I think we just need to enforce the laws we already have," said Charles Branstrom of Appleton.
They're opposing views on legislation in Congress to make background checks mandatory on gun sales at gun shows and online.
Even some gun owners say the legislation is a good idea because it doesn't restrict the rights of those legally able to buy guns.
"This is a very limited way to have background checks to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals and people with mental illness and we all agree on that," said Richard Schoenbohm of Appleton.
But not everyone agrees on the method. Jon Gafner owns Jon's Sport Shop in Oshkosh. He says a better, simpler solution would be a license to buy a gun similar to a hunting or fishing license.
"That information goes into a computer which it does now, shoots out a contract and the person signs the contract and he says - just like every hunting and fishing person does in the state of Wisconsin now - says 'yes this is me, no I have not done this' and signs it," said Gafner.
The future of the legislation is uncertain. But the peaceful sharing of opposing views in Appleton demonstrates there may be a middle ground to be had.
The U.S. House of Representatives version of a stricter background check bill similar to the Senate version that failed earlier this year, has bi-partisan support.
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