A Wisconsin Police Chiefs Association official has criticized the idea of allowing citizens to carry concealed guns, reports the Capital Times in Madison. “We simply do not see a correlation between more guns on the street and a safer public,” said Oregon, Wi., Police Chief Doug Pettit, legislative chair of the association.
Pettit told a press conference organized by the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort that a survey found that two-thirds of the association’s more than 600 members oppose a concealed carry law in any form, and 89 percent oppose legislation similar or less restrictive to an earlier one vetoed by Gov. Jim Doyle. An effort to override that veto failed by one vote last year. State Senator Dave Zien plans to introduce a bill allowing anyone over 21 with no felony record and no violent misdemeanors to carry a weapon. The new proposal will remove restrictions in the version vetoed by Doyle, including carrying guns at hospitals, children’s sporting events and places that serve alcohol. “Not only are they introducing a bill that Wisconsin citizens don’t want, this one will be worse,” said Jeri Bonavia of the anti-violece group.