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Wisconsin citizens heat up over possible future gun laws

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by Brittany Earl

WAUSAU(WAOW)--The debates are heating up, as Democrat Tom Barrett and Republican Scott Walker battle for votes. One common topic that seems to have mixed emotions across the state is hitting home here in Northcentral Wisconsin.

 John Anderson, Owner of Wausau Gun and Loan says, "Hopefully the people of Wisconsin will have the rights like the other 48 states, to legally carry a concealed hand gun on there person."

Katherine Bard, Wausau Psychologist says, "It's increasing the danger for the average citizen to have people out on streets with concealed weapons and that's one of the reasons I'm going to vote for Tom Barrett for governor."

Many residents feel the Gubernatorial Election that will take place on November 2nd, could make change history if Republican Scott Walker is voted Governor. Anderson believes Walker will try to pass the law, allowing gun owners to carry concealed firearms.

Katherine Bard a Wausau Psychologist says in her experiences working with victims of violence she feels, that's the last law this state needs. "I'm not against people having protection and I believe we have the capacity to have home protection but I don't believe that falls under the concealed weapon law to walk the streets with a gun," said Bard.

Wisconsin's current law requires handguns to be clearly displayed in a holster. Carrying a concealed weapon is a misdemeanor and carries a fine of $500. People like Bard say citizens don't need to carry a weapon to be safe that's what the police are for but Anderson says Wausau is becoming more violent and so is the world.

"If more criminals realize the person they intend to harm or rob may carry a hand gun I think there think twice before doing the deed," said Anderson.

Online Reporter: Brittany Earl

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