MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is preparing to debate a bill that would legalize the carrying of concealed weapons.
The Senate planned to take up the bill Tuesday afternoon at the same time the Assembly is set to begin debating the two-year state budget.
Republicans back the concealed weapons bill, which would make Wisconsin the 49th state to legalize carrying hidden guns. Those who wish to carry the weapons would have to obtain a permit.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker also backs the bill. Before it would get to him, it must also pass the Assembly. That could happen later in the week.
The bill would allow concealed weapons except in places with signs saying that are barred or in specified locations like courthouses and state mental hospitals.
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