Walker signals opposition to carrying weapons without permit

Taylor, who opposes the relaxation of gun legislation, went on to suggest that laws are needed because people can not be trusted.

Gov. Scott Walker is signaling his opposition to a bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry concealed handguns without obtaining a permit or going through training. Since May 2007, 969 people have died in concealed carry shootings, a figure that gun safety advocates say will only worsen if people are allowed to carry weapons without a permit.

Scott Meyer, a lobbyist for the pro-gun National Rifle Association (NRA) made the statement before the Senate's Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, now considering the arguments from advocates and opponents of the controversial measure.

Clark also expressed concern that the new law would lower the age of people qualified to lawfully carry concealed guns without a permit.

But critics pointed out the penalties for violating a school's ban on guns would fall under state trespassing law, and would have lighter penalties than those under existing state law.

Thirteen states have no concealed permit requirement. Currently, concealed-carry permit applicants must be at least 21 years old. Documenting that statistically, however, is challenging because unlike hunting licenses the concealed carry law specifically exempts most state records involving concealed carry permits from the state's open records law. Proponents say the legislation makes people safer by protecting their constitutional right to bear arms.

Caldwell noted that the House bill still requires owners carrying concealed weapons to make law enforcement officers aware of their guns.

"I'm not anxious about the responsible people, I'm anxious about the irresponsible people", Risser said.

Dan Rossmiller of the Wisconsin School Boards Association said "the majority of my members believe that guns and children are not a good mix". "The Department (of Justice) will carry out its duty as directed by law".

- A House committee voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would eliminate North Carolina's requirement that people obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. "My commitment to the Second Amendment can not be overstated".

The measure would preserve the current permit system with training for people who need a permit to carry in other states. According to the National Rifle Association, 12 other states already allow concealed carry without a permit.

Lillian Price of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contributed to this article.

  • Larry Hoffman