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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

 4:10 PM 

Holperin complains effects of concealed carry overstated

Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Conover, complained both sides are overstating the impact of the concealed carry legislation.

During debate on an amendment to create exemptions to the concealed carry proposal for daycares, the Capitol, bars and other places, Holperin told the Senate he lives 12 miles from the Michigan. He said he can't tell a difference when traveling in Michigan, which has concealed carry, and Wisconsin, one of two states that does not.

Amid complaints from his fellow Dems that the concealed carry legislation is causing concern among small business owners about notifying patrons whether they can carry in their establishments. The legislation would allow businesses to post signs telling patrons guns weren't welcome.

Holperin said that concern was trumped up.

"Will this bill make this state any safer? Probably not. Will it make this state any more dangerous? Probably not. Will it result in any inconveniences for small business owners? probably not," Holperin said.


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