Proposal to end conceal and carry requirement for stun guns

Published: May. 16, 2017 at 9:13 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A bill circulating at the State Capitol would eliminate the need for conceal and carry permits for hand guns, including the permits necessary to carry an electronic weapon.

An electronic weapon can be a taser like the kind commonly used by law enforcement or smaller, electronic shock devices used at closer range.

The author of the bill, Republican State Senator David Craig, says people should have the right to carry electronic weapons for personal protection without having to go through government red tape.

"What we want to do is allow individuals to protect themselves as our Founding Fathers, the Second Amendment guarantees them. So whether or not that's something like a fire arm, all the way down to an electronic weapon, you should have the right to do that and the government shouldn't be getting in your way," State Sen. Craig said.

He says 33 other states currently allow people to carry stun guns or electronic weapons without a permit. In Wisconsin, it's legal to buy the weapons but necessary to have the permit to take them in public.

Owner of Essential Shooting Supplies in Mt. Horeb, Chuck Lovelace, teaches conceal and carry courses. He says getting your permit can cost you less than $100 and only takes a few hours.

"I believe in a person's inherent right to be able to defend themselves but I also believe that having education is important," Lovelace said.

He says stun guns are still weapons and can be dangerous, so he encourages everyone who purchases one at his shop to take the conceal and carry course.

"If you don't know how to operate it, if you're not comfortable operating it and you're not able to operate it under pressure, then it's really kind of useless and it can become damaging to you," Lovelace said.

Both the Assembly and Senate version of the bill have been circulated at the State Capitol. They have not been scheduled for committee hearings.

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