Wisconsin Senate approves concealed carry bill.

The Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would…

The Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would legalize the carrying of concealed weapons in the state.

The bill, which still needs approval from the assembly, carried the senate by a 25-8 vote.

The legislation mandates background checks for those seeking permission to carry concealed weapons. But it would allow them in most public places except police stations, courts, schools and businesses that post signs. Concealed weapons could also be carried in parks and taverns.

The bill’s author, Republican Senator Pam Galloway, said she supported it because of sparse law enforcement presence in rural areas of her district.

Source: Jeff Mayers for Reuters.

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