Thursday, October 31, 2013

Learn the Legislation Lingo (Amendment), or, Yup, just what we need, Rep. Kleefisch, more guns in schools

Republicans decide to cut bill that would expand guns in schools.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 10/31/2013)

Excerpt:   The bill, which was scheduled for discussion and a vote in the Assembly’s criminal justice committee Thursday, turned increasingly controversial recently after state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, proposed an amendment to allow all concealed carry permit holders in the state to bring their weapons into schools.

A move that put the bill into "hot potato" territory, a place that Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, recently visited.

AB9 history.
  • Introduced February 13, 2013
  • From the Legislative Reference Bureau analysis:  This bill exempts from these prohibitions law enforcement officers who are acting in their official capacity (who are currently exempt only from the prohibition against carrying on school grounds); qualified law enforcement officers, without regard to whether they are on duty; and qualified former law enforcement officers.
  • Rep. Kleefisch offered his more far-reaching amendment on October 15, 2013

In the screenshot of Kleefisch's amendment below, the areas of the Wisconsin state statutes being amended are highlighted in red.

An orange highlight indicates language that is to be, literally, stricken out, i.e, deleted, repealed.

And what is that pesky 948.605 (2) (b) 1r?

Except if the person is in or on the grounds of a school, a licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (d), or an out-of-state licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (g).

In other words, if you are licensed to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in the United States, this amendment sez you may do so "in or on the grounds of a school".

Related article:
Local school leaders question gun proposal.  (Lc Crosse Tribune, 10/31/2013)

Related posts:
Learn the legislative lingo:  act.  (10/30/2013)
Learn the legislative lingo:  slash number.  (10/30/2013)

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