Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Makes Progress in Wisconsin Senate

On October 18, 2021, the Senate Committee on Insurance, Licensing and Forestry voted 3-2 to advance Senate Bill 516, a piece of legislation that would recognize concealed carry permits from every state in the Union.

Under SB 516, residents outside of Wisconsin would have their concealed carry permits recognized. As AmmoLand noted that SB 516 "repeals the requirement that such recognition be only for permits from states on an arbitrary list maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Justice."

The same post from AmmoLand added that SB 516 "recognizes that visitors traveling to Wisconsin should not be left defenseless simply by crossing a state line."

Thanks to this vote, SB 516 is now eligible for debate on the floor of the full Senate. 

Wisconsin's gun laws have experienced vast improvements in the past decade. In 2011, Wisconsin legalized concealed carry under the leadership of then-Governor Scott Walker and the Republican trifecta in the Wisconsin State Legislature.

As of now, Wisconsin is ranked in 21st place for the friendliest states towards gun owners according to Guns & Ammo magazine. However, with Democrat Tony Evers occupying the governor's office, pro-gun reforms are pretty much out of the question.

It will take a Republican victory in the 2022 gubernatorial election and Republicans to maintain their majorities in both chambers of the Wisconsin State Legislature to at least see some reasonable pro-Second Amendment reforms move forward.

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