Since you’re reading this, I know that you likely have very strong feelings about Constitutional carry. Most people on either side of gun issues do, but much of the press that you’re likely to have heard is firmly against Constitutional carry.
Fortunately, though, it looks like not all politicians are listening to the foolishness coming out of the mainstream media about this issue. At least, not in Wisconsin, where, on September 19 (2017), their Senate Judiciary Committee passed a Constitutional carry bill for the state of Wisconsin.
Now, Wisconsin already has an open carry law, but the bill, if passed into law, would extend the rights of legal gun owners to carry concealed. Dean Weingarten writes,
The Constitutional Carry bill, SB 169 and its companion in the Assembly, AB247, will bring the Wisconsin statutes in compliance with the Wisconsin State Constitution and with the Second Amendment. No fee would be required to carry a firearm either loaded or concealed. That was the state of the nation when the Second Amendment was ratified on December 15, 1781. Constitutional Carry is only a small additional step for Wisconsin. Wisconsin does not require a permit to carry firearms openly. No permit is required to carry knives openly or concealed.
So, it looks like Wisconsin is a good deal of the way to full Constitutional carry, and, based on the current laws and their tendency to support gun owners’ rights, it seems likely that this Constitutional carry bill will pass into law. To be fair, though, it’s not a done deal yet, and anti-gunners aren’t always known to play fair and honest when trying to restrict the rights of gun owners.
What this means for you is that, if you live in Wisconsin, start calling your state representatives and get this passed. If you don’t live in Wisconsin, consider giving to pro-gun lobbies in Wisconsin to help your fellow gun owners in Wisconsin, and remember to call your own representatives in your state. Because every gun owner should be free and clear to carry their firearm everywhere in the United States to protect themselves and their families from those who don’t abide by the laws of this land.