Journal Times: No bait-and-switch on concealed carry


Part of the “sell” for the concealed-carry six years ago was the assurance that citizens would be required to have a background check and to undergo some basic firearms training. But in a classic example of bait and switch, state Republicans want to renege on that commitment and eliminate permit and training requirements. > Journal Times

Wisconsin Republicans propose gun classes in public schools

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A group of Republican legislators is circulating a bill that would create gun safety classes for high school students. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin), Rob Brooks (R-Saukville) and Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), along with Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls). > TMJ4 Milwaukee

Debriefing last week’s public debate on relaxing Wisconsin gun laws


People in Wisconsin would be able to carry concealed firearms without training or permits, under a proposal debated by lawmakers and the public in a hearing at the capitol last week. The broad legislation would also allow some people to bring guns onto school grounds and lower the penalties on people caught doing so. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Records show AG Schimel opened office doors to NRA second full day on job


Records obtained by One Wisconsin Now show that on his second full day in office, Attorney General Brad Schimel met privately in his office with the lead lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Schimel was endorsed by the NRA in his 2014 election. > One Wisconsin Now

NRA lobbyist to Wisconsin legislative committee: Guns were equalizer for ‘the blacks’


An NRA lobbyist told the Wisconsin legislative committee Wednesday that the cost of training can prevent minorities from obtaining concealed carry licenses, and added that guns were one of the great equalizers for “the blacks” after emancipation. Milwaukee Sen. Lena Taylor told Meyer calling African Americans “the blacks” doesn’t help cultural diversity. >

Walker: ‘Appropriate’ to have licenses to carry concealed weapons

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Gov. Walker on Thursday indicated support for continuing to require licenses for carrying hidden weapons. Two Republican lawmakers are proposing to eliminate licenses and state-mandated training to carry concealed firearms. “I think the law we have right now is a good law. I’m comfortable with that,” Walker told reporters when asked about the bill. >

Bill to allow unlicensed concealed guns sparks heated debate at public hearing


People in Wisconsin could carry a concealed weapon without a license or training under a new Republican bill. But at a packed public hearing Wednesday, Democrats and other critics said the move could lead to irresponsible people bringing firearms to public places, including schools where guns are currently banned. > Wisconsin State Journal