Hostile Amendments Pose Threat to Bill!
Tomorrow at noon, the state Senate is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 93, the Personal Protection Act (PPA). This critical self-defense legislation continues to move through the legislative process but not without the continued threat of hostile amendments trying to weaken or destroy the bill. State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-21) is offering an amendment to alter the current training mandate of the bill, in favor of a one-size-fits-all system, which would lead to a number of issues for law-abiding gun owners once they begin the permit process.
The training mandate in this bill is modeled after Florida’s. It has been adopted by a number of other states since Florida has had its system in effect for 24 years and it has issued two million licenses. This program has been an undeniable success because it allows citizens to choose from a number of firearms safety programs, increasing availability and cost concerns are controlled. An amendment creating micro-managed curriculum that attempts to treat citizens like special operations soldiers will disenfranchise tens of thousands of good Wisconsinites due to cost and access issues. This kind of overbearing government mandate especially discriminates against lower income residents who often live in high crime urban areas – people who arguably most need protection.
It is important that you contact your state Senator before noon tomorrow and ask him or her to support SB 93 unamended. Also, urge him or her to adamantly oppose the excessive training mandate proposed by Senator Wanggaard and any hostile amendments that would put concealed weapons licenses out of reach for tens of thousands of good citizens.
To contact your state Senator, you can call the Legislative Hotline at 800-362-9472 or you can click here and find individual contact information.