Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn urged Gov. Scott Walker to “provide some adult supervision” and ensure that the final version of a concealed-carry bill includes a strict permitting process for carrying guns and stipulations including basic training and not being a “criminal, drug abuser or insane,” reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He spoke after a gunfight between Milwaukee police bicycle patrol officer Jose Viera and a 21-year-old armed suspect. The officer escaped unharmed despite a chase during which the two exchanged gunfire. The suspect was shot multiple times and arrested.
Calling the concealed-carry law “reckless and foolish,” Flynn said. “This is not a political talking points issue. This is an officer safety issue. This is the second time in less than a week my officers have been in a gunbattle with armed, reckless assailants. We cannot afford a reckless bill.” Under a bill approved in a Senate committee last week, Wisconsin residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without getting permits or any training, as long as they’re not felons or otherwise barred from possessing firearms. Flynn and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm are hoping for a bill that ensures criminals arrested for concealed carry would get jail time – three years – rather than be arrested for a misdemeanor, as is currently the case.