Area law enforcement officials are keeping close tabs on the developments in Madison regarding the concealed weapons legislation that, if enacted, would allow individuals to carry firearms without a permit or any training.
The legislation, which was approved by the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, has provoked a variety of reactions throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha counties from top brass. Some favor the legislation on a constitutional basis, while others oppose it on the grounds of safety.
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber opposes letting Wisconsinites carry concealed weapons.
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“My opinion is that as our society got so bad that the only way that we are going to feel safe is that everyone has got to have guns to deter more crime,” he said. “I think that is a travesty and we all bear the blame for that.”
Lenient gun laws along with the sheer amount of guns available have exasperated the issue, Weber said. “Now the only way we feel safe is for everyone has one,” he added.
On the other end of the spectrum is Waukesha County Sheriff Daniel Trawicki, who believes the legislation helps uphold the constitutional right to bear arms.
“I am definitely in favor of conceal carry,” Trawicki said. “I think it is ridiculous that we can’t trust law-abiding citizens to carry guns.”
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