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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 3:11 PM 

Assembly digs into 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases

Dems are speaking out against SB 35, the companion bill to AB 49, which would eliminate the 48-hour waiting period for firearms purchases.

Rep. Leon Young, D-Milwaukee, said there have been more than 2,200 shootings in his city since 2012, and he does not want anything approved that would add to that number.

"I am very concerned about the direction we are going as a body," he said.

Several Dems have argued that eliminating the "cooling-off period" would make it easier to commit domestic violence crimes.

But Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, said the opposite is true, She told of a recent night when she went out to a local restaurant with her boys. She said someone called the restaurant looking for her,k and that person knew what she and her two boys were wearing.

Kerkman said she had not spoken to anyone, and the call made her change her plans for the night, call the police and go home. It also led her to take a concealed-carry class and shop for guns.

"I want to be able to protect myself and protect my family," she said.


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