A Constitutional Carry bill introduced in the state legislature would be a major step forward for Wisconsin concealed carry and gun rights.
Last week, Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO) — Wisconsin’s only no-compromise gun rights organization — notified statewide gun owners that a Constitutional Carry bill was introduced in Madison.
State Sen. Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) and State Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) introduced the draft bill, LRB2039/1, which is being circulated for co-sponsors.
The deadline to get more cosponsors for this bill is looming, and WGO is urging gun owners to call their state representatives and urge support for the bill, which is known as the “Right to Carry Act.”
(If you haven’t called, please dial the State Capitol Hotline at 1-800-362-9472)
WGO applauds the authors and cosponsors of what is being hailed as an absolutely vital upgrade to Wisconsin’s concealed weapons law. If passed into law, the legislation would bring the Badger State in line with 12 other states in which no permit, background check, license fees (gun tax) or other bureaucratic approval is required to carry concealed.
While scoffers are already vilifying the legislation as “letting anyone and everyone carry a gun,” the fact is that bearing arms is an inalienable right and should not be licensed by the government.
WGO reminded gun activists of what would surely be outrage among all Wisconsin citizens if the government attempted to license free speech or freedom of religion.
What the Bill Would NOT Do
Known as Constitutional Carry, the bill would not allow felons to possess or carry guns. It would not allow children to carry “machine guns” around … and it would not lead to the Shootout at the O.K. Corral, as anti-gun activists always like to claim.
The bill will not repeal Wisconsin’s current concealed carry license system, either, which is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. That system would remain in place as an option for those who still want to get a permit for purposes of reciprocity with other states. WGO applauds this move.
What the Bill WOULD Do
The current draft LRB2039/1 would right a wrong that was committed back in 1871, in which Wisconsin lawmakers prohibited concealed carry – an outright gun ban that lasted over 130 years and has led to countless victims disarmed and unable to defend themselves in this state.
The bill would simply treat bearing arms as the right it is, rather than a state-granted privilege.
It means no more “Big Brother may I please?” permit process for in-state carry.
The bill also clarifies and simplifies the carry of firearms in vehicles. “In writing this bill, we found ambiguities in the law and ‘gotcha’ clauses which have tripped people up. The simplifications in this bill will help citizens more easily understand the law and avoid getting wrapped up in a court battle for something that should be lawful,” said Representative Felzkowski.
WGO works for grassroots gun owners, not politicians. While many gun lobbies fight for “reasonable gun control,” WGO sets a higher standard: We oppose all gun control — regardless of the political party — and work tirelessly to restore the Second Amendment. WGO has angered many politicians who would like people to believe that they support gun rights — even when they vote against them. Click here to join
About the Author: Corey Graff is the executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO), a pro-gun activist, and a life-long gun owner from Wisconsin.