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Wisconsin Assembly to vote on ending gun waiting period

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to vote on passing a bill that will eliminate the state's decades-old 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

Once passed as expected on Tuesday, the bill then heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration. The Senate passed the bill in April, dismissing concerns from Democrats that it would make it easier for people to purchase handguns and use them while in a fit of rage.

Ten states and the District of Columbia currently impose some form of waiting period for buying handguns. Wisconsin's 48-hour period has been effect since 1976.

Eliminating the waiting period is supported by the National Rifle Association, while groups working to curb domestic abuse and violence are against the measure.


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