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Gov. Walker says training should be required for gun carry


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker said today that Wisconsinites should be required to get training and state permits before they can carry concealed weapons.

But spokesman Cullen Werwie would not say if the Republican governor would veto the so-called “constitutional carry” bill if it gets to his desk.

That measure would let law-abiding adults carry guns with neither permits nor training.

A Senate committee has endorsed that measure – which was drafted by freshman Republican Pam Galloway of Wausau. There’s been no committee action in the Assembly yet. Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald has said most of his GOP majority supports a bill with permits and training – just like Walker now favors.

Walker’s statement came less than a day after Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn asked the governor to show quote, “statesmanship and adult supervision” over lawmakers who are bent on passing what the chief called a “reckless and foolish” concealed-carry bill.

Flynn stepped up his opposition to the “constitutional carry” measure, after one of his bicycle patrol officers got into a gunfight with a suspect in a Milwaukee neighborhood on Wednesday night.

The officer escaped injury, but the suspect was shot-and-wounded. Wisconsin and Illinois are the only states without concealed carry. But only four states have the “constitutional carry” law.