The Need for Sensible Concealed Carry Legislation in Wisconsin
With a version of a concealed carry legislation making it's way through the Wisconsin legislature with impressive speed that would allow anyone to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or background check, it's time for the sensible people to get a little more involved on this. We don't need just any old Jane or Bob getting a gun and stuffing it in their pants.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn finally jumped into the debate yesterday calling for "adult supervision" from the Governor and explaining just what a disaster the legislation would be for law enforcement, especially in Wisconsin's largest city.
The chief of Wisconsin's largest police department issued his most scathing criticism of the state's proposed concealed-carry bill during a news conference Thursday.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn urged Gov. Scott Walker to "provide some adult supervision" and ensure that the final version of a concealed-carry bill outlines a strict permitting process for carrying guns and stipulations including basic training and not being a "criminal, drug abuser or insane." – jsonline.com
As usual I agree with the comments of Chief Flynn on this subject.
First off, I'm a supporter of reasonable gun rights. It may surprise some (because I'm labeled as a "LIBERAL!" after all) but I grew up around guns and regularly use my own to hunt and for the rare round of target practice. I was taught as a kid to respect the power a gun in your hands brings and hope the same for my kids soon.
What I don't support though are people just walking around with guns in their pockets with no training, no background checks and no permit. But that's what some Wisconsin Republicans are trying to ram through the legislature now under the "wrap it in a flag" label of "constitutional carry" and people are starting to take notice of how extreme this proposal really is.
There's nothing unreasonable about asking people to prove they can handle a weapon by taking a training class before they're allowed to put it in their pants and go to the supermarket, a park or an event like Summerfest with it. But this isn't reasonable legislation from a group of lawmakers who've gotten everything they wanted since taking over the state in November. Why simple pass a concealed carry law when you can push it further and just let people walk around with guns without a permit or training?
There's been no massive public outcry after all for this legislation. In fact, there's the beginning of a significant amount of pushback on the issue from law enforcement and I'm surprised to say right wing talk radio (although their motives are more to protect the GOP from the public blowback they know will occur than anything else).
The extremists pushing this legislation may try to harp on the "freedom" and "right" to bear arms. It's my hope that the more reasonable legislators will realize that there is a certain level of responsibility that also comes with any right and they balance out the right of a person to carry a weapon with the simple and reasonable responsibility of having basic weapons training and permitting.