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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today responded after volunteers testified before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety against Senate Bill 169, legislation that would dismantle Wisconsin’s s permit requirement, allowing people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit or safety training. In addition, SB 169 would allow people to carry concealed handguns in Wisconsin elementary, middle and high schools. More information on SB 169 is available here.
Recent polling released by Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Wisconsin chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America shows 91 percent of respondents – including 86 percent of gun owners – support the current Wisconsin law. Additionally, SB 169 has received widespread criticism from Wisconsin’s law enforcement officials, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently editorialized on this issue stating, “The Legislature should be trying to make schools safer, not opening the door to the potential for more violence. It also should maintain the basic requirements for minimal training and licensing in the current law.”
STATEMENT FROM CHRISTINA KRASOVICH, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER WITH THE WISCONSIN CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“In Wisconsin, we have a common-sense law requiring a clean criminal history, safety training, and a permit to carry hidden, loaded handguns in our communities. Senate Bill 169 would repeal that requirement. It simply defies common sense to do away with a system that works. Our elected leaders should reject Senate Bill 169 immediately because the safety of our families and communities is on the line.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs