I have already personally spoken with Scott Walker's chief of staff regarding open-carry. I point blank asked him if Scott Walker would sacrifice open-carry as we have it now for concealed carry. His response (without my even suggesting it) was "that doesn't makes sense to sacrifice a right for a privilege" Our conversation continued about Wisconsin Carry, what we are doing, and what we would like to see in the future.
I suspect if I were to speak to Mark Neumann's staff, he would answer the same.
Of course as we all know, the governor doesn't write legislation, he either signs or veto's it.
What that means is that it won't be up to Scott or Mark what comes to their desk but they will have to make a decision to sign what's there.
I can tell you that there are FAR FAR more people who just want "conceal carry" than those like us who enjoy (and understand) the virtues of open-carry.
Our next governor will be in a very tough position if a CC bill gets to his desk that were to include language that would make OC illegal or something. If he veto's it, lots of pro-gun citizens who have been desperately longing for CC for years will be furious. The gun-rights crowd will be fractured down the middle. It won't be good.
So before we all get caught up in the potential thousand different hypotheticals that could possibly end up on Scott or Mark's desk and try to get carte blanche answers NOW from either of them about what they would or wouldn't sign, DO NOT lose sight of the critical importance of the state-house races. Your state senators and state reps are the ones who will be DRAFTING, INTRODUCING, DEBATING, AMENDING, and VOTING on EXACTLY what language in a CC bill ends up on our next governor's desk.
Its THOSE races that will determine what kind of CC bill we have in the next administration, not the governor's race my friends.
The governor is not a legislator, he's an executive. How are your legislators going to vote? What will your legislators introduce? If you don't know the answers to these questions, looking to the governor's office as the determining factor of what kind of CC bill we have is not your wisest move.
Trust me... The language of a CC bill will be hashed out in the legislature. If after the next election, the legislature is still controlled by the same people that controll it now, WE WILL see a CC bill LADEN with poison pills.
If we (collectively) don't take CLOSE stock in our local representative and senate races the state legislature WILL fracture the gun rights crowd right down the middle just like what happened with PPA with a heavily restrictive CC bill.
All this banter about Walker or Neumann is a distraction about where the battle will be fought... In the legislature.