It seems only a matter of time before Wisconsin becomes the 49th state to allow citizens to carry a concealed handgun.

At least three bills are circulating in the Wisconsin Senate that will make gun rights advocates happy including the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Association, a 10-year-old lobbying group pushing for passage.

State Senator Jim Holperin (D-Eagle River) says he will support the least restrictive or “constitutional carry” version of legislation which would allow Wisconsin citizens to carry a concealed handgun without training or a permit.

“I favor the ‘constitutional carry’ or ‘shall issue’ version of concealed carry, but I’ve co-sponsored all three of the handgun bills that have been offered this session because this issue needs to advance and finally get signed into law,” he said.

A “Shall-Issue” jurisdiction is one that requires a permit to carry a concealed handgun, but where the granting of such permits is subject only to meeting certain criteria laid out in the law; the granting authority has no discretion in the awarding of the permits. Such laws typically state that a granting authority shall issue a permit if the criteria are met, as opposed to laws in which the authority may issue a permit at their discretion.

Holperin said the ‘constitutional carry’ legislation, Senate Bill 93, was making good progress after receiving strong support in public hearings. “SB 93 will be modified to include an optional permit for use in other states, but will still allow handgun owners to carry concealed without a permit or other regulation if they choose,” he said.


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