Thank you for contacting me about concealed carry legislation.
Please know that I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment rights, and state legislation that permits law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Forty-eight other states have already passed concealed carry legislation, and it is past time that Wisconsin caught up with the rest of the country when it comes to the right of personal protection.
However, among these 48 states, the laws regarding concealed carry vary considerably. There are three main types of concealed carry laws:
* May-Issue: The state sets requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, but leaves local jurisdictions (such as a county sheriff’s office), the discretion to deny a permit, even when state requirements are met.
* Shall-Issue: The state sets requirements for permits and the granting authority must issue a permit if these requirements are met.
* Unrestricted: No permit system exists. Any law-abiding citizen authorized to own a gun may carry a concealed weapon.
I have talked to constituents who have argued passionately for each of the different types of concealed carry laws in Wisconsin, and I have talked to many that argue against the right of any individual to carry a concealed weapon.
As you may know, I am a retired law enforcement officer with the Racine Police Department, and I have extensive experience dealing with firearms. Law enforcement officers are required to have training in the handling of, and show skill with firearms. This requirement is in place to ensure the safety of the public.
The Second Amendment gives American citizens the right to keep and bear arms, and I will protect that right. I am still working with my colleagues and other interested parties to help craft concealed carry legislation that best serves Wisconsin citizens. However, I agree with many of my constituents that a “may-issue” concealed carry law fails to sufficiently protect an individual’s right to personal protection.
As we continue to craft a Wisconsin concealed carry law I will keep your concerns and comments in mind. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.
Van H. Wanggaard
21st Senate District