Eau Claire Area State Senator Named In Attorney General Lawsuit

Wisconsin's attorney general is suing two Republican lawmakers, accusing them of hiding from the public the draft of a bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons.

The lawsuit says Senator David Zien of Eau Claire and Representative Scott Gunderson provided a copy of the bill to a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association ... while they were refusing a public records request from the state Department of Justice for the draft.

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager asked the court to order the lawmakers to turn over the draft.

But Zien called the lawsuit "ludicrous and obscene." He and Gunderson, who is from Waterford, plan to introduce the bill sometime this fall.

Zien says the bill will be made public when it's introduced. He acknowledged sharing drafts with an N-R-A lobbyist and two outside lawyers but says he sees nothing wrong with it.