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Gov. Walker signs concealed carry; dozens protest outside

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) -- Wisconsin has become the 49th state to legalize the carrying of concealed weapons.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Friday afternoon in Rothschild removing the state's ban. Under the new law, people who obtain a permit and go through training will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in most public buildings. That includes the state capitol and city halls, unless a sign is posted saying they are not permitted.

The bulk of the law goes into effect in November.

Supporters of concealed carry say the law has been long overdue. But opponents say it won't curb crime, and that it will put more guns on the street. Several dozen supporters gathered outside the Grand Lodge in Rothschild as the governor signed the bill.

"I wish that he had stronger ethics and thought about what was best for our environment and the people that live in Wisconsin and visit Wisconsin, as opposed to the corporations that are here," said Amherst resident Nancy Turyk.

Many protestors also shouted for Walker to be recalled. Among other things, some people are upset at the governor's recent budget that balanced a shortfall, but also cut public education. Plus, there's a lot of anger over the new law taking away collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

"This governor is stealing from the people," said Wausau resident Don Roberts. "He's not a governor, he's a rabble-rouser. If he would have done things like he said he was going to do, you wouldn't have people so excited."

Governor Walker did not acknowledge the protestors during the concealed carry bill signing. Instead, he talked about his satisfaction seeing the bill finally become law.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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