Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Gov. Walker signals opposition to carrying weapons without permit

Gov. Walker signals opposition to carrying weapons without permit

Dozens of Wisconsin residents testified both for and against a bill to eliminate the requirements to have a permit and firearms training in order to carry a concealed gun.

The broad legislation would also allow some people to bring guns onto school grounds. The Craig and Felzkowski proposal would reduce the penalty for carrying a concealed weapon to a school that banned them from a felony to a misdemeanor or fine. The requirement has always been a sore spot with gun rights advocates, who say it gives sheriffs too much power to deny gun owners what they say is their constitutional right to carry a concealed weapon. Mecklenburg recently reported a "significant backlog" for records from Carolinas Medical Center for concealed-carry applicants.

The bill's co-sponsors, Senator David Craig and Representative Mary Felzkowski argued that since many states already have permit-free concealed carry laws, people in Wisconsin deserved the same. The bill also would let 18-year-olds hide guns, down from the current age threshold of 21.

It would allow anyone who is 18 or older to carry a handgun either openly or concealed without having to first qualify for a permit.

"What I cannot legally do in the state of Wisconsin is throw a sweater on" over a holstered pistol, Felzkowski said. "That's what we change", Felzkowski told Wisconsin State Journal.

Wisconsin was one of the last states to allow the carrying of concealed weapons.

Right now anyone who carries concealed must obtain a permit and get training. Twelve states have laws allowing concealed carry without a permit while a further 16 are trying to pass such legislation.

Several members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America spent Thursday lobbying at the General Assembly against the bill that would change some existing gun laws. People thought we could just make condoms and people will use them. "I've heard, overall, people are pleased with the way the laws are today". Officials in charge of those places, however, would have the power to ban guns from their properties.

"It would obviously mean that we would have people who have no training, who have never shot a gun possibly before, who don't know where and when they can have a gun", said McKinney. Senate Bill 169 would do away with those requirements.

The North Carolina Sheriffs' Association has taken no position on the bill, but said it's pleased legislators didn't also move to revoke permits required to buy handguns. "The Department (of Justice) will carry out its duty as directed by law". According to the Washington Post, groups like the NRA see this as the next step in Second Amendment advocacy.

On Wednesday the state Senate Judiciary Committee took comments on a Republican bill that would change requirements for people to hide and carry. "It removes obstructions and burdens on people to carry concealed for protection, while presenting absolutely no additional risk to public safety as demonstrated in 13 other states".

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