Concealed Carry Closer to Law

By: Carrie Hutton
By: Carrie Hutton

The State Senate voted to override the Governor's veto of the Concealed Carry bill late Thursday morning putting it a step away from becoming law. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 23-10 in favor of the override. That's one more vote than required to overturn Doyle's veto.

Five of the six Senate Democrats who originally voted in favor of the bill allowing adults to carry concealed weapons stood firm. The Democrats voting today to overturn the veto include: Roger Breske of Eland, Russell Decker of Weston, Julie Lassa of Stevens Point, Jeff Plale of South Milwaukee and Robert Wirch of Kenosha. Democratic Senator Mark Meyer of La Crosse was the only member of that group to vote in favor of upholding the governor's veto.

The question now goes to the Assembly, where it will take 66 votes to override the veto. The bill passed that house 64-35. The legislation would allow people who pass a background check and get weapons training to obtain a permit to carry concealed weapons.

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