FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 28, 2017
Contact: Colleen Flaherty, 608.266.5504
Rep. Peter Barca Statement on “Permitless Carry” Bill
MADISON – The following is a statement from Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca regarding the proposed bill from Wisconsin Republicans to allow individuals to carry firearms without proper safety training:
“The authors of the bill put forward extreme provisions that go beyond even constitutional carry by allowing guns in schools, secure mental health facilities and police stations, while placing the burden on these facilities to protect citizens. This will also create confusion and a lack of clarity on where weapons are allowed, which is troubling. Law enforcement, school administrators, Democrats and Republicans have been long opposed to allowing guns on school grounds, yet this bill changes that safety presumption. Additionally, the authors have some explaining to do as to why they reduce the penalty from a felony to a misdemeanor for illegally carrying in a school zone. This is a serious legal breach that should be treated as such.
“Finally, when concealed carry was enacted, there was a clear bipartisan emphasis on proper training to make sure those with a concealed carry permit to understand the gravity and responsibilities of carrying a gun, especially in high risk facilities. Allowing anyone to carry a loaded, concealed firearm without a background check or safety training has implications almost certainly do not fully understand.”