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Wisconsin: Important Right to Carry Bill Introduced

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wisconsin: Important Right to Carry Bill Introduced

Today, LRB 2039/1 was introduced to the Wisconsin State Legislature.  This Right to Carry bill would allow for the concealed carry of a firearm without a concealed carry license anywhere in the state where an individual is legally allowed to carry a firearm.  Additionally, LRB 2039/1 would expand the list of places where firearm owners can legally carry.  LRB 2039/1 would also make the current concealed carry licensing system optional to allow citizens to obtain a license and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.

Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate.  Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend themselves in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes. 

LRB 2039/1 would eliminate these government mandates, and allow individuals to carry in a manner that best suits their needs.  Under current law, an individual can carry a firearm openly without a concealed carry license; however, if an individual would rather carry their firearm in a purse or briefcase, or if their firearm becomes covered by a coat, they would be in violation of current concealed carry laws unless they obtained a concealed carry license. This bill recognizes a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses.  Further, twelve states currently have similar Right to Carry laws which allow law-abiding individuals to possess a concealed firearm for self-defense without a permit. 

Contact your state Senator and Representative and urge them to sign-on to LRB 2039/1 as a co-author!  Also, please thank the current authors and co-authors listed below for their early and unwavering support of this important legislation.  

Authors: 

Representative Mary Felzkowski and Senator Dave Craig 

Co-Authors: 

Representatives August, Bernier, Born, Brandtjen, R. Brooks, Duchow, Edming, Gannon, Horlacher, Hutton, Jacque, Jarchow, Katsma, Kerkman, Kleefisch, Knodl, Krug, Kulp, Macco, Quinn, Ripp, Schraa, Skowronski, Stafsholt, Swearingen, Tauchen, Tittl, Vorpagel, Weatherston, and Wichgers.

Senators Feyen, Kapenga, LeMahieu, Marklein, Nass, Stroebel, Testin, Tiffany and Vukmir

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