A pair of bills signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday will expand portions of Wisconsin’s concealed carry law.
One bill allows active military personnel from other states, who are stationed in Wisconsin for more than a year, to apply for concealed weapons permits. Previously, the permits were only available to state residents.
The other bill streamlines the application process for former police officers who worked in other states. Instead of going back to the state where they worked to get a permit, the new law allows them to file an application through the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
State Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), a sponsor of both bills, said in a statement that “these laws will improve, strengthen and streamline our existing concealed carry laws, by extending their reach to other individuals who call Wisconsin home.”