February 10, 2016

Final concealed carry rules could face delay

The Legislature’s Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules has granted another 60-day extension for the temporary policy being used to issue concealed carry licenses in Wisconsin. The move comes as the fate of a permanent set of rules in the Legislature remains in question.

The Department of Justice has been operating under emergency rules for much of the past year, after Republican lawmakers objected to training provisions in the agency’s initial proposal. DOJ has since developed a new version of the proposal, but the Legislative committees responsible for signing off on it have yet to schedule any hearings. In the Assembly, the proposal has not even been assigned to a committee.

The lack of action prompted JCRAR on Thursday to extend the temporary rules through mid-December. State Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), a co-chair of the panel, says it’s the last time that version of the rules can by renewed. If a final plan is not in place by December, DOJ could be forced to implement a new emergency rules proposal or it may have to issue permits to carry concealed weapons without any guidelines in place.

AUDIO: Sen. Chris Larson (:08)

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