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GOP scrambles on Capitol concealed carry



The president of the state Senate is now saying Republicans will allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons during floor debates.

   Wisconsin's new concealed carry law goes into effect Tuesday. Republican leaders in the Senate and Assembly are trying to craft policies on concealed weapons in areas they control in the state Capitol.

   Senate President Mike Ellis initially told reporters on Thursday Senate Republicans planned to ban weapons in the Senate galleries and on the chamber floor during debates. But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Juneau Republican, said the plan was still under discussion.

   Now Ellis says he's spoken with Fitzgerald and was told the plan was to allow guns on the floor but not in the chamber's galleries, which means spectators would not be allowed to carry.


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