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Some Wisconsin law enforcement officers — and at least one Wisconsin police group — say they will urge lawmakers to make changes to concealed carry bills under consideration at the state Capitol.

Two separate versions of concealed carry legislation were circulated last week by GOP lawmakers Sen. Pam Galloway, R-Wausau, and Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz.

One allows for what supporters call a “constitutional right to carry,” and includes few restrictions on who can have a concealed weapon. The other creates a permitting process for those who want to carry concealed firearms. Neither requires carriers to undergo training.

Currently, 48 states allow people to carry certain concealed firearms in public.

The proposals risk the safety of officers and need to be changed to provide them more protection, he said. Gun owners who want to carry concealed firearms should have to go through training, Mahoney said, and permits should be required and filed with the state Department of Transportation so officers know during traffic stops which people may be carrying weapons.

Source: Marcy Spicuzza for Wisconsin State Journal.

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