Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Senate Bill 35, 48-hour waiting period repeal legislation, by a voice vote. SB 35 is now headed to Governor Scott Walker (R) for his consideration.
Authored by state Senator Van Wanggaard (R-21) and Representative Romaine Quinn (R-75), SB 35 will repeal the waiting period requirement and allows a licensed firearm dealer to transfer ownership of a handgun following notice from the Wisconsin Department of Justice that the background check indicates that the purchaser is not prohibited from possessing a firearm.
The 48-Hour Rule 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.
The NRA would like to thank all of SB 35's co-sponsors as well as the Representatives who supported this important pro-gun reform.