MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Concealed carry supporters are laying out the case for a bill that would finally grant them the right to pack hidden weapons.
Republican legislators are pushing measures that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons with a permit and without one. Rep. Jeff Mursau, a Crivitz Republican, a chief author of both proposals, began a standing-room only public hearing before the Assembly's criminal justice committee that people must be allowed to defend themselves.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told the committee government must allow people the means to protect themselves, but called for stiffer sentences for gun law violators.
Rep. Gary Hebl, a Sun Prairie Democrat, countered the bill lays out light penalties for people who carry concealed in areas where weapons are prohibited.
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