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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

 3:51 PM 

Senate rejects adding penalties for straw purchases to concealed carry

The Senate voted 21-10 to table an amendment adding penalties for straw gun purchases to the concealed carry legislation.

Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, introduced the amendment, saying it was needed to improve safety in his hometown.

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, assured Carpenter that legislation would soon be addressed by the Senate that would address straw gun purchases as well as increasing penalties for illegally carrying and invited him to work with her on the legislation.

Carpenter's amendment was tabled as Sen. Rich Zipperer, R-Pewaukee, complained Dems were clouding the true intent of the legislation.

"This is about protecting the rights of law abiding citizens to protect themselves," Zipperer said.

UPDATE: 3:56 p.m. -- Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, missed the first vote but was allowed to add her vote in favor of tabling after the fact, making the vote 21-10 rather than the original 20-10.


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