We recently reported that legislation abolishing Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases had been approved by the state legislature and was headed to Gov. Scott Walker to sign. Walker moved ahead with his plans, signing that bill today along with another law law that allows off-duty and retired police officers to carry concealed weapons on public school grounds, according to this story from nraila.org.
Walker, who is expected to jump into the 2016 presidential race, signed Senate bills 35 and 70 at a public ceremony at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office today.
A spokesman for Walker said the signing ceremony was planned two weeks ago, before the recent shootings in Charleston, South Carolina occurred.
Walker, who expected to announce his bid for the White House in mid-July, has overseen the expansion of gun-owner rights in his state, according to the Washington Post, and often brags in primary states such as Iowa that his state now allows most of its residents to carry concealed firearms. Wisconsin has also enacted a so-called “castle doctrine” that provides some protections to homeowners who use force in response to incursions into their homes and property.
“Scott walker is a battle-tested leader in the fight to preserve Second Amendment rights in Wisconsin,” said NRA Political Victory Fund Chairman Chris W. Cox in a statement. “He’s never wavered, never backed down and never stood still in the fight to protect our freedoms.”
Walker said the the state’s 48-hour waiting period isn’t needed, especially now that firearm dealers can perform instant background checks on buyers.
Some opponents of the legislation argued that the wait also provided a “cooling-off” period for those contemplating suicide or those who might shoot someone in a fit of passion.
The state legislature passed the measure earlier this month.