Legislation Would Allow Right to Carry Concealed Weapons

Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) this week introduced two bills that would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons. One would require a license to carry a concealed weapon while the other would not. Currently, those caught with a concealed weapon face a $10,000 fine and nine-month jail term.

Senate Bill 90 would require an individual to apply to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a license to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in the state except in particular places. To obtain a license, the person would have to be over the age of 21 and the DOJ conducts a background check on the applicant. The license is valid for five years.

Senate Bill 93, commonly referred to as “Constitutional Carry,” allows an individual to carry a concealed weapon without a license.

One of the bills – more likely the concealed carry with a permit bill (SB 90) – is expected to pass prior to the Legislature recessing for the summer.