Republican bills include effort aimed at gun rights, but not gun violence

Republican bills include effort aimed at gun rights, but not gun violence

MADISON — Republican lawmakers introduced a package of bills in Madison Tuesday, including an effort aimed at gun rights, but not gun violence . This as the Milwaukee area has seen another uptick in violent crime this year. The proposed legislation is titled the Wisconsin Sporting Freedom Bill. A majority of those bills address hunting issues, but one is designed to benefit the state’s hundreds of thousands of concealed carry gun owners. This comes on the same day Gov. Tony Evers announced he wants to invest $45 million in COVID-19 relief money to violence prevention. Republicans, like Senator Mary Felzkowski from northern Wisconsin, say it’s time to change the state’s concealed carry law. “We allow you to open carry,” said Sen. Felzkowski. “You can strap an 9 mm pistol in you hip and you can walk down main street. But you can’t put a coat on, and we are here to rectify that.” When asked about Milwaukee’s gun violence, Felzkowski said that’s “a whole other subject,” and suggested local policies and police funding needed to be looked at. Republicans want to eliminate concealed carry permits and bans for carrying firearms in some buildings like bars, but give businesses the option to post no weapons allowed. “We are giving local control to individual businesses,” said Sen. Felzkowski. “If they do not want people openly or concealed carry weapons into any of their business, they have the right to post that.” Republicans have rejected Gov. Evers’ efforts to pass a better […]

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