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Gun rights advocates say a bill making its way through the state legislature now is the first step towards granting all gun owners in the state the right to carry a concealed weapon. The legislation would grant all retired law enforcement officers in the state the right to carry a concealed weapon. Federal law already grants the right to federal law enforcement officers.

At a recent hearing, one of the bill’s sponsors, Ann Hraychuck (D – Balsam Lake) said for her, passing the bill is a matter of life and death. Hraychuck is a former county sheriff. She investigated a case involving a former high school classmate who was convicted of felony child abuse who told her he was going to kill her when he gets out of prison. Hraychuck says the man is now free, and she can no longer carry a concealed firearm to protect herself.

The bill has strong support from police and sheriff’s departments across the state. Former state senator Robert Welch is now a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association. He urged the committee to pass the bill and then move on to expanding concealed carry rights to all state residents.

Both the Milwaukee police chief and the Milwaukee district attorney also testified in favor of this first step towards universal concealed carry rights in the state.

Source: Fox 21 Online

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