Wisconsin Assembly Passes Concealed Carry Bill

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Concealed Carry Bill

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Concealed Carry Bill

Wisconsin stands on the verge of becoming the 49th state in the country to allow citizens to carry concealed guns, after the state Assembly made a bipartisan vote to legalize that practice Tuesday.

The measure passed 68-27, with 11 Democrats voting in favor of the bill along with the body’s lone independent and all Republicans except Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford), who had wanted stronger legislation. Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) said his vote was mistakenly not counted and he would seek to correct that.

The approval of the bill marks one more piece of long-blocked legislation that Republicans have been able to pass now that they control all of state government. The bill to allow the concealed carry of guns and other weapons such as Tasers passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote last week, so approval in the Assembly sends the bill to Gov. Scott Walker, who supports the measure.

Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) said the bill restored the right of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon for their protection.

“This right is for all citizens of Wisconsin that follow the law,” Nygren said.

 

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  • Jason Seiler

    I look forward to the day that Wisconsin enacts reciprocity with Virginia, so that I may visit my family there with comfort and security.
    In the meantime, Congratulations Wisconsin!

  • Plumberdude

    I’m still baffled as to way our elected officials would protect criminals’ rights to terrorize law abiding citizens that are conducting their lives in a societies excepted manor. It’s about time that the law abiding citizen   is represented instead of the scum sucking bottom dwellers!!! Way to go Wisconsin.       

  • Anonymous

    Even though Hawaii has a Concealed Carry law, I would not count it in with the other 48 States.  It is virtually impossible for the average citizen to get a permit.

  • Cojo

    “..49th state to allow citizens..”

    is somewhat of an exaggeration.
    Tell that to the folks in HI, NJ, MD and a slew of other “may issue” states.

  • Anonymous

    Way to go!!! Congratulations Wisconsin.  My ancestors from Germany moved to Wisconsin to take up a new life.  Reading back in history it is funny how so many of the Germans and Swiss chose what party to affiliate with when it came time in Wisconsin’s history to choose Republican or Democrat party affiliations.  They chose Democrat merely because the English were Republicans and they wanted to differentiate themselves from the English.  Now I hope that Wisconsin and Michigan (border state) share reciprocity.  It’s long overdue.  PUSH too, for the pending bill to make all states recognize each other’s CPL license for national reciprocity.

    • Anonymous

      Your WI permit will automatically be recognized in MI.

      • vljenewein

        What about the reverse?  I live in Michigan with a MI Concealed Pistol License.

        • Anonymous

          Not immediately. MI automatically recognizes all permits assuming the person is a resident of the issuing state.  The bill that passed in WI includes a means for reciprocity.  The DOJ must evaluate each states’ policy for issuing permits to decide if they will recognize them.  The requirements seem pretty lax, so it looks like they will honor just about every permit.  It will just probably take a while for all the formalities, which cannot begin until the law goes into effect.

  • Powderkeg

    Yes it is time for us to join the many others who are “allowed” to carry, Being it is a constitutional right that has been denied.  I may get grief for this, but I am willing to pay for a permit if it allows me to protect my family and myself. Constitutional carry sounds great, but there were way to many restrictions on where you could legally carry. With this method we can at least carry most places. I do forsee changes to the training req. so that we may have reciprosity with MN,MI. as with the way this system is it is only good in WI.  “Semper Fi”

    • Anonymous

      Your WI permit will automatically be recognized in MI.

  • DakotaFree

    Congratulations Wisconsin. I’m a small business man that buys and turns around distressed hotel properties. I have deliberately not purchased a couple of properties in Wisconsin because I wasn’t allowed to carry concealed. I haven’t gone many places unarmed in 30 years and now I will be able to go to your fine state. I just hope that your legislature has a clause that prevents individual cities and counties from passing gun laws that override your new law.

    • S&WM&P

      You are a small business owner who would probably not mind an armed citizen walking into his/her place of business.  I am amazed at all the small business owners the liberal press has lined up to say, “I don’t want people with guns in my place of business!” This is what happens when people have had their freedoms supressed for so long.  If I was an astute business owner in WI, I’d post a large sign in my window, “Welcome armed Citizens!” I plan on being one of the first in line for my permit.

  • Thomasdillin

    And thats as it should be

  • Thomasdillin

    And thats as it should be

  • Madhzrx

    does anyone know if Wisconsin will honor permits from other states, and if so which ones?

    • That will come a bit later, Madhzrx. It’s called the Reciprocity law. Here in Indiana, we recognize alot of other states handgun laws. This is a good time for America.

    • Anonymous

      There is reciprocity built into the law.  It looks like the only requirements are that the person is 21 and had to submit to a BG check to get the permit, which covers pretty much every permit out there.

  • This is a Good time for America, folks. My wife and I are Lifetime license CCW holders here in Indiana. We have a respectable restriction clause and our Reciprocity clause is very generous toward other states. I am very pleased with Wisconsin. You see what happens when you get the right kind of people in places where Important issues need to be addressed so we can get this country back on the right track and back to our Constitution. I am pleased.

  • Renegade760

    Wisconsin Welcome to the United States Of America!

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