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Wisconsin: 48 Hour Waiting Period Repeal Bills Introduced

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wisconsin: 48 Hour Waiting Period Repeal Bills Introduced

Senate Bill 35 and Assembly Bill 49 have both been introduced within their respective chamber in the Wisconsin State Legislature.  These companion bills, if passed and enacted in their current form, will repeal Wisconsin’s antiquated 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

This legislation allows a licensed firearm dealer to transfer ownership of a handgun following notice from the Department of Justice that the background check indicates that the purchaser is not prohibited from possessing a firearm.  

The 48-Hour Rule for handgun purchases was first enacted in Wisconsin in 1976, prior to background checks on handgun sales.  Due to the advent of instant background checks such as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the 48 hour waiting period has become an unnecessary time tax on both the purchaser and the dealer. 

SB 35 and AB 49 are important pro-gun reforms that deserve your support, and your NRA-ILA will keep you updated as this legislation is assigned to committee and moves through the legislative process.  

In the meantime, please use the contact information provided below to thank the cosponsors in both chambers. 

Senator Van H. Wanggaard (R-21)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-1832

Senator Thomas Tiffany  (R-12)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-2509

Senator Mary Lazich (R-28)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-5400

Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-9)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-2056

Senator Terry Moulton (R-23)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-7511

Senator Stephen L. Nass (R-11)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-2635 

Representative Thomas Weatherson (R-62)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-0731 

Representative Romaine Quinn (R-75)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-2519

Representative Jesse Kremer (R-59)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-9175

Representative Mary Czaja (R-35)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-7694

Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-18)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-3156

Representative Scott Allen (R-97)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-8580

Representative Tyler August (R-32)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-1190

Representative Janel Brandtjen (R-22)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 267-2367

Representative Edwards Brooks (R-50)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-8531

Representative Robert Brooks (R-60)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 267-2369

Representative David Craig (R-83)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-3363

Representative Bob Gannon (R-58)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 264-8486

Representative Cody Horlacher  (R-33)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-5715

Representative Adam Jarchow (R-28)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 267-2365

Representative Chris Kapenga (R-99)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-3007

Representative Terry Katsma (R-26)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-0656

Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-38)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-8551

Representative Daniel Knodl (R-24)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-3796

Representative Scott Krug (R-72)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-0215

Representative Bob Kulp (R-69)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 267-0280

Representative Thomas Larson (R-67)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-1194

Representative John Macco (R-88)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-0485

Representative Jeffrey Mursau (R-36)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-3780

Representative John Murtha (R-29)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-7683

Representative Adam Neylon (R-98)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-5120

Representative Alvin Ott (R-3)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-5831

Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-15)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-0620

Representative Michael Schraa (R-53)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 267-7990

Representative Ken Skowronski  (R-82)
Email: Rep. [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-8590

Representative David Steffen (R-4)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-5840

Representative Rob Swearingen (R-34)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (608) 266-7141

Representative Gary Tauchen (R-6)
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (608) 266-3097

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