(Sorry for the audio glitch during Q&A – I was editing live to get this out and it picked up the feed from my computer and mixed it with the live Q&A session)
On Friday, July 8, 2011, the Governor of the State of Wisconsin signed the Wisconsin Personal Protection Act, or Concealed Carry, into law. The law will not take effect until November 1, 2011 after the permitting process is activated.
Before Law Abiding citizens can carry concealed in Wisconsin, the need to apply for the permit, get a background check, and obtain mandatory training or have existing training. This doesn’t affect Open Carry, which is legal in Wisconsin now.
With much fanfare, the Governor came out like a hero for Gun Rights Activists, but many ‘constitutionally minded gun owners feel like the Governor may have tossed them under the bus. After initially stating he’d support Constitutional Carry if it got to his desk, he virtually assured it wouldn’t make it that far or even get a vote when he came out against it during an interview with the media.
Regardless of how you feel, there are a lot of law-abiding citizens who are happy to finally have a signed law allowing them to protect themselves, their families, and others with something other than a call to 911. It’s been said, “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” This law allows law-abiding citizens to carry firearms legally – either concealed or openly; as well as other non-lethal weapons too.
As law-abiding citizens, we appreciate our law enforcement officers and think that they do a great job, but we realize that they can not be everywhere at all times. With a concealed carry law in Wisconsin, we have another option to protect ourselves from criminals.
With a heavy hint of sarcasm, the liberal lady asked me, “Why do you carry a gun?” Without a pause or a blink I said, “Because a cop is too heavy.” and walked away.
In talking with a number of Constitutional 2nd Amendment activists, they don’t believe Constitutional Carry is a moot issue. They intend to continue to press for it and like other states, get rid of the permit requirements in the future.
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Yes, I believe this bill is a first step toward Constitutional Carry, as it was for Arizona before us. We still have work to do. There is language in the bill that needs to be cleaned up. For example, electronic weapons need to be moved under the pre-emption law. As it stands now, local governments cannot make more restirctive laws concerning _firearms_; that needs to be reworded as “weaoms.” Also, business owners are protected from liability from their decision TO POST a prohibition aginst weapons; that needs to be reworded so they are protected from liability from EITHER decision–to POST or to NOT POST and thus allow concealed carry. Among others. It is not the first step I had hoped for–but frankly is a better step than I had realistically expected. I have not decided whether to carry concealed–but I WILL get my permit.
LOL, Are you critical?
No, I don’t think I was being critical. I was simply saying what some people are feeling about Walker and the NRA when it came to Constitutional Carry.