Conceal and carry bill forwarded to Senate

Published: Sep. 19, 2017 at 7:03 PM CDT
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Right now it is against the law for anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in the state of Wisconsin, but that could soon change.

A Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 along party lines Tuesday to pass the measure.

Although the proposed bill has a ways to go until it could reach Governor Walker’s desk, both supporters and those against it are reacting to the Tuesday afternoon vote.

Thousands of people in the state of Wisconsin conceal and carry weapons every day, and under current law, those who conceal and carry are required an extra step to do so.

“Yeah we think everybody should have one, and be able to carry one and defend themselves,” Dan Marcon, owner of Marc-On Shooting.

Right now in the state of Wisconsin, an individual must be 21 years of age or older and have a permit issued by the state to carry and conceal a weapon.

But this afternoon, after the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee voted in favor of the bill that would allow for the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit, that could soon change.

Co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R), says the possible change makes sense to compliment current open carry laws.

“In the state of Wisconsin, you can openly carry a firearm with no permit, it’s your second amendment right,” says Felzkowski. “So you can walk into a local gun store, pass a background check and slap a pistol on your hip and openly go up and down the street in your vehicle wherever guns are not prohibited, so the only time you have to get a permit if you put a sweater on.”

Sen. Fred Risser (D), who voted against the bill, says it is taking the state in the wrong direction.

For some locals that conceal and carry, the new proposal wouldn't make much of a difference.

"There will be some more opportunities if the laws are loosened for people to carry, says Bill Candell, President of the Board at Westgate Sportsman Club. “But it's not really going to change, in my opinion, the way that people do carry.

And for many, the bottom line is proper training.

"We just want people to understand that once they're able to conceal-carry, they should also get training with that,” says Marcon.