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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Concealed Carry Bills

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a trio of gun regulation bills into law on Nov. 11.

One of the bills will allow active members of the military stationed in Wisconsin to apply for a concealed carry permit, Guns.com reports. Another allows oformer law police officers to file an application to concealed carry in Wisconsin instead of applying through their former department. The third measure, which faced far more controversy in the legislature, establishes a minimum sentence for a felon found with a gun.

Walker signed a total of 49 bills on Nov. 11.

While the current policy established by the Wisconsin Department of Justice required all applicants for a concealed weapons permit to be residents of the state, Assembly Bill 75 creates an exception for nonresident military service members stationed in Wisconsin for at least a year.

Assembly Bill 77 permits former police officers from other states to submit their concealed carry applications directly to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, instead of returning to their old departments annually.

While the first two easily passed through the legislature, the final gun-related measure, Assembly Bill 220, passed by a very slim margin. The bill established a mandatory  minimum sentence of three years in prison for any felon found with a gun. Felons who use the weapon in a violent crime will now have to serve at least eight years.

Wisconsin currently has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison or a $25,000 fine for such cases but did not have a minimum.

Walker will soon be signing more gun bills into law, including one that allows active and retired Department of Corrections officers to carry concealed weapons into gun free zones such as college campuses, Guns.com and Fox News reports.

The bill's co-author, Republican Rep. Jesse Kremer, said that the policy is a response to increasingly violent college campuses in the state.

"I do not believe that disarming a certain segment of law-abiding citizens, our college students, leads to less violence," Kremer told Fox News. "I believe, instead, it is providing criminals and thugs an easy target to victimize.”

Sources: Guns.com, Fox News/ PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay

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