I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family, but we’re just over two weeks away from the start of the next floor session.
Nineteen days, in fact.
And the Wisconsin Firearms Coalition is hard at work getting ready to continue our all-out battle over Constitutional Carry!
Just like we saw with the repealing of the 48-hour waiting period, legislation this important doesn’t become law on its own.
Instead, it takes as much grassroots pressure as we can muster, to force the politicians in Madison to stand up and fight for the Second Amendment.
It’s easy to pass a gun bill. What’s hard is to pass a strong bill that is not chock-full of compromises and sell outs.
For example, the “Constitutional Carry” bill which passed in North Dakota is so watered down, that it’s now illegal to carry a loaded handgun in your vehicle — a step backward in their gun laws!
In Idaho, Constitutional Carry was watered down to only include in-state residents, serving to trap well-meaning gun owners from other states.
And in Alaska, Constitutional Carry was undermined at the last minute to include a requirement to notify law enforcement if you are carrying a firearm.
That’s why it’s vital that you and I make sure we get a ‘clean’ Constitutional Carry bill, free of watered down amendments.
As part of that process, the Wisconsin Firearms Coalition has been busy collecting signed petitions from gun owners, demanding passage of Constitutional Carry legislation.
We will be delivering these petitions to the legislature in the early part of 2018, to make sure they know exactly how important this is to their constituents.
We already have thousands of signed petitions printed off and ready to go!
But there is still time to add your name to this massive pile of gun owners — if you act fast.
Constitutional Carry is no mystery.
It simply states that if you’re legally allowed to own a gun, you would be legally allowed to carry that gun without needing to add your name to a government database or pay expensive fees.
And despite what you may read in the FAKE NEWS, Constitutional Carry will not allow felons to carry common self-defense firearms.
Nor would Constitutional Carry do away with the current ‘Shall Issue’ system, which would simply be optional under this new law.
And no, Constitutional Carry law has not resulted in any increase in violent crime in the thirteen other states that have already passed this law.
On the contrary, initial research from respected gun rights researcher Dr. John Lott suggests that Constitutional Carry states actually have an even lower crime rate than ‘Shall Issue’ states!
And it’s no wonder, as criminals know that the passage of Constitutional Carry law means even more gun owners who will be able to carry for self-defense.
But that doesn’t mean that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, and the Green Bay Press Gazette won’t do all they can to distort the truth –- just like they did when they tried to stop the repeal of the 48-hour waiting period.
The best way for us to combat these lies and FAKE NEWS, is with your grassroots pressure.
And make sure that you forward this email to your friends and family so that they can sign their petition as well.
We’ve made tremendous progress here in Wisconsin in the past few years with the passage of Concealed Carry and the repeal of the 48-hour waiting period, but it’s time we finish the fight and pass Constitutional Carry law too.
We aren’t guaranteed pro-gun legislative majorities like this forever.
We have to act now, while we can.
Once you’ve signed your petition, please also consider a contribution to help the Wisconsin Firearms Coalition lead this fight in Madison!
We need help in mobilizing gun owners.
We need help to be able to run radio ads at a moment’s notice.
We need help to run our direct mail programs, to mobilize as many gun owners as possible.
Wisconsin Firearms Coalition
P.S. With the start of the 2018 legislative session just nineteen days away, the Wisconsin Firearms Coalition is getting ready for a major battle over Constitutional Carry!