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Assembly speaker favors gun permits, training


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – The speaker of the state Assembly says his members support concealed carry – but not the version endorsed by a Senate committee yesterday.

Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said today that the majority of Assembly Republicans support what he called a “common sense” bill – one that requires training and state permits to carry hidden firearms. The measure passed by the Senate’s Judiciary Committee includes neither.

Fitzgerald told WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee that most Assembly Republicans want to pass the same bill that was almost approved a few years ago. It created a system for gun-holders to get state permits, and it required training.

Former Governor Jim Doyle vetoed that measure – and the Legislature got to within one vote of overriding that veto.

The current version of concealed carry now goes to the full Senate. But a date has not been scheduled for that vote, and at least a couple Republican senators have said they won’t support a bill that doesn’t require permits-and-training.