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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

 6:10 PM 

Senate passes conceal carry

The Senate has passed legislation to allow the carrying of concealed weapons by a 25-8 vote.

Republicans tabled more than a dozen Dem amendments during the debate.

Sen. Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse, said he understands concerns with the bill, but that 48 other states have already taken the step to allow citizens to protect themselves.

"We already have concealed carry," Kapanke said. "Those bent on criminal activity have been doing this for a long, long time."

Sen. Pam Galloway, R-Wausau and the bill's author, said she backed the bill due to the sparse law enforcement presence in rural areas of her district.

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, added that many in her district carry concealed regardless of the current law, and that the bill has seen dramatic improvement since its introduction.

"What is really to be feared is not the machine itself but really the one holding the machine," Taylor said.

But fellow Milwaukee Dem Spencer Coggs said his city has a gun violence problem, and that the bill means that "you're going to have more people who will be out with more guns."

"The solution is less guns, not more guns," Coggs said.

The Assembly would have to pass the bill before it could go to the guv's desk.


Comments: 1

At June 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM, OpenID daveemanuel said...

Perhaps Mr. Coggs should acquaint himself with facts before making erroneous statements. As gun ownership in this country has increased, violent crime has decreased. That isn't an opinion, and it is not based on data from a pro-gun website. Statistics provided by the FBI document the facts. I would also think Mr. Coggs would find it unconscionable to deny law-abiding citizens the right to defend themselves and their loved ones.

 

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