June 14, 2011
Senate Passes Galloway's Concealed Carry Bill
Madison---Today the Wisconsin State Senate passed State Senator Pam Galloway's (R-Wausau) legislation to allow law-abiding citizens to become licensed to carry a concealed weapon. Senate Bill 93 (SB 93) passed the State Senate on a bipartisan vote of 25-8.
"This is a great day for my constituents and people all across this state who are now one step closer to finally getting the opportunity to legally carry in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. For far too long, Wisconsin citizens have been denied their Second Amendment rights," stated Galloway.
Senate Bill 93 creates a licensing system under which a person is permitted to carry. If a person satisfies the training requirement and passes a background check, the Department of Justice shall issue a permit to the applicant. Under the bill, all private property owners may post their buildings and surrounding property, state and local government can post their buildings, and private and public colleges and universities may post their buildings against carry.
"Currently, 48 states provide their citizens the opportunity to carry for self-defense. There is no reason to believe that Wisconsin residents will be the exception to the rule of responsibility set by those states," said Galloway.
Senate Bill 93 now moves to the State Assembly for passage and then onto Governor Walker.
"I want to thank my colleagues for their support of this issue and urge swift passage of this bill in the State Assembly," concluded Galloway.