BELLEVUE, WAâ€”The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today applauded the 23 members of the Wisconsin Senate who voted to override anti-gun Gov. Jim Doyleâ€™s veto of concealed carry legislation, and urged voters to call upon their Assembly representative to also support their self defense rights.
â€œThis was an important vote,â€ said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, â€œbut itâ€™s only half the battle. The Assembly still needs to override the governorâ€™s veto, and theyâ€™re going to need 66 votes to accomplish that. Our contacts in Madison say a veto override vote could come as soon as Tuesday, so Wisconsin gun owners have no time to waste.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted that five Democrats courageously voted for the safety of their constituents, rather than buckle to the will of Jim Doyle,â€ Waldron continued. â€œThose who believe in their personal defense rights should thank Democrat Senators Roger Breske, Russ Decker, Julie Lassa, Jeff Plale and Bob Wirch for standing firm. Weâ€™re very disappointed that Sen. Mark Meyer of LaCrosse retreated from his initial vote in support of personal protection.â€
Noting that Wisconsin firearms owners can take advantage of the toll-free Legislative Hotline (1-800-362-9472), Waldron urged supporters of concealed carry to â€œget busy on the telephones.â€
â€œSelf-defense rights activists, and those who believe their lives, and the lives of their families, are worth protecting, can make a simple telephone call and be heard on this crucial issue,â€ Waldron said. â€œIt is imperative for firearms owners to act, and overcome the campaign of social bigotry currently being waged against their personal safety and their civil rights.
â€œForty-six other states have some form of concealed carry law, and the majority of those states have effective right-to-carry laws,â€ Waldron concluded. â€œWisconsin citizens deserve the same kind of protection. These laws have been proven to work everywhere else, and law-abiding Wisconsin residents will prove that such a law can work in their state, also.â€