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Wisconsin Legislature Passes NRA Supported Right-to-Carry Law

Thursday, November 13, 2003

FAIRFAX, VA -- With a vote of 24-8 in the Senate and 64-35 in the Assembly, legislation that allows law-abiding Wisconsinites the Right-to-Carry firearms for protection of themselves and their loved ones is now headed to the Governor`s desk.

"Criminals can strike anyone, anywhere at anytime. That is why the people of Wisconsin, through their elected representatives, have sent a clear message that they oppose a 130-year ban on personal protection outside the home," said Chris Cox, the National Rifle Association`s chief lobbyist. "It is unfortunate that Governor Doyle has indicated indifference to the will of his constituents and the important issue of self-defense."

More than half of all Americans live in Right-to-Carry states. Despite ominous predictions by gun-ban groups, data shows that states with Right-to-Carry laws experience significantly less crime. If signed into law, Wisconsin will be the 37th Right-to-Carry state and join New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri as the fifth state to pass such a law this year.

"The Right-to-Carry is a proven crime deterrent and will benefit all law-abiding citizens," added Cox. "On behalf of NRA`s 4 million members, I urge Governor Doyle to advance the safety of Wisconsin by signing this important legislation into law."

The 132-year-old National Rifle Association is the nation`s oldest civil rights group. NRA advocates enforcement of existing laws to prosecute and punish violent criminals. The NRA is the nation`s leader in teaching gun safety and promoting marksmanship among law enforcement officers. The Association has approximately 4 million members across America.

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