Wisconsin Senate to consider eliminating 48-hour gun waiting period

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MADISON (AP) — The state Senate is set to take up a Republican bill that would eliminate Wisconsin’s decades-old 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

The waiting period was enacted in the mid-1970s. The bill’s chief sponsor, Sen. Van Wanggaard, a Racine Republican, says the waiting period was meant to allow time for background checks but the checks now can be done far more quickly with computers and law-abiding citizens shouldn’t have to wait for their guns.

Minority Democrats say eliminating the waiting period would allow angry people to get their hands on guns quickly.

The Senate is set to take up the measure during a floor session Tuesday. Approval would send the proposal to the state Assembly. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, supports the bill.

2 comments

  • Mr. Bob

    Minority Democrats say eliminating the waiting period would allow angry people to get their hands on guns quickly.
    This is more nonsense from the dems because remember passing the conceal carry legislation has somehow led to more guns on the streets. That idiotic thought was recently put out there by mayor mccheese and the spineless, jellyfish, cowardly weasel flynn. I am sure that if this legislation passes there will be a rush by the angry felons to go to the gun stores and purchase handguns because they won’t have to wait 48 hours to get theit gun. Oops, wait a minute, they won’t be able to pass the background check being convicted felons so they won’t be able to purchase firearms. Whew, the democrats had me fooled for a mintue.

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