Greg Vanevenhoven is our summer intern at WFA and we are thrilled to have him join us! He will be attending the UW Law School this fall.
Yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate voted on bipartisan lines, 25-8, to finally pass a law that allows the concealed carry of firearms in most places, with exceptions for schools, police stations, courthouses, and a dozen other specified locations. It is refreshing to see the Senate pass this law, which legalizes an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the Constitution as well as protected in Article I, Section 25 of the Wisconsin Constitution. Needless to say, the law was not voted on immediately as the Senate first addressed 20+ amendments put forward by Democratic senators.
I had the pleasure of being able to listen to most of the debate and the particular amendments proposed, which allowed me to realize how strongly some members of the State Senate felt about the concealed carry law. Some of the amendments introduced by Democratic senators concerned the fears of allowing concealed carry in places such as the State Capitol, county fairs, or polling places.
However, the bills authors’ countered that the bill addresses those fears with a permit requirement allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon only if they pass a background check, which will effectively eliminate the concern that felons will be able to carry concealed weapons. By providing such proposals, it ensures that individuals will not be allowed to carry a concealed weapon if they are not law-abiding citizens.
Senator Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) was absolutely correct when he pointed out in the debate on the Senate floor that, “This is about allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.” A concealed carry law allows citizens the opportunity to defend themselves in life-threatening situations. After all, let’s face it, the old adage that there is never a cop around when you need one, does sometimes manifest itself.