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Conceal and Carry

By: Erica Dao
By: Erica Dao

The bill to let people carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin passed in the state senate 23 to 10 back in December.
But Governor Doyle vetoed the bill, and now its up to the assembly to decide whether citizens can pack heat.
Republican assemblyman Terry Moulton supports the bill and says it will pass only if everyone in the assembly who supported the bill continues to do so.
"The question is will someone flip their vote and vote to uphold the governor's veto. That's the big question mark," said Representative Terry Moulton.
If the bill passes, this would end the state's 133-year-old ban on concealed weapons.
Moulton says the state needs some sort of safe guard from the legislation.
"There are court cases lined up and one of those cases could come before the court and the court could decide to throw the ban completely out and if that happens, the entire state would be opened up to conceal and carry for anyone," said Moulton.
Democratic Senator Bob Jauch voted against the bill, saying that there is no evidence that a law would reduce crime.
Others just feel there are more important things to focus on that are important to the people of Wisconsin.
"I want to see this thing done, pass or fail. Override or not and get back to our business and taking care of the things that are important to citizens in the state of Wisconsin, which are health care costs and jobs in our economy," said Senator Ron Brown.
66 votes are needed to override Doyle's wishes and Tuesday January 31st will determine the fate of this on-going debate.


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