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Wisconsin state senator tells committee he's armed

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin state senator says he brought a concealed gun to a committee hearing.

Van Wanggaard, a Racine Republican and a former police officer, is chairman of the Senate judiciary committee. He was running a public hearing in the state Capitol on Tuesday on a bill he wrote that would let off-duty and retired police officers carry concealed weapons on school property when he announced he had a gun on him.

Wanggaard said retired police officers always feel the need to protect society and he has passed annual marksmanship tests that enable him to carry as an officially retired officer.

He did not display the weapon. His aide, Scott Kelly, says Wanggaard usually carries a gun on his hip but he didn't know what type.

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