Wisconsin Senate Approves Carry Bill
The state Senate approved a Republican bill January 17 that would let Wisconsin residents carry concealed firearms for personal protection, setting up what could be a fierce political clash between the legislature and Gov. Jim Doyle.
NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 13, No. 3 01/20/06
WISCONSIN "PERSONAL PROTECTION ACT" UPDATE
The State Senate gave final approval to the 2005 Personal Protection Act
(PPA) and is sending the bill to Governor Jim Doyle (D) for his promised
veto. It will be his second veto of the PPA in as many years. He is
committed to his distrust of law-abiding Wisconsinites and to keeping
the state as one of only four that strictly prohibit trained, licensed
citizens who pass a criminal background check from carrying concealed
firearms for self-defense.
Once again, there are a sufficient number of supporters in the Senate
and Assembly to override the veto, but only if past supporters stay
steadfast in their support of the bill. In 2004, the Senate easily
overrode the veto, but the Governor was able to convince a fellow
Democrat in the Assembly and a one-time supporter of the PPA to change
his vote for partisan political reasons, thus killing it by a single
This time around, the Governor and other opponents are once again hard
at work trying to find a Democrat who will play politics with
Wisconsinites' personal safety by changing his vote. All six Assembly
democrats who voted for the bill in December must stay steadfast in
support of the bill in order for the override to be successful. Four of
the six have publicly committed to voting in support of overriding the
Governor's veto. Clearly, the two who have not are in the Governor's
Representative John Steinbrink (D-65), from Pleasant Prairie, has voted
in favor of the PPA four of four times since 2002, including the veto
override in 2004. Now, he reports that he is considering reversing his
long-time support in order to sustain the Governor's veto.
Representative Steinbrink has been a consistent supporter of the Right
to Keep and Bear Arms, specifically for self-defense.
Representative Terry Van Akkeren (D-26), from Sheboygan, has voted for
the PPA all three times that it has come before him since 2003. Like
Representative Steinbrink, he is also considering a change of position
on the very piece of legislation that he voted to support only a month
Of all things, the right to self-defense should trump partisan political
games. Please contact these two representatives and ask them to remain
consistent in their support of Wisconsinites' right to protect
themselves and their loved ones from violence by voting to override the
Governor's veto of the PPA, as they both did in 2004.
You can reach Representative Steinbrink by phone at (888) 534-0065, or
by e-mail at [email protected].
You can reach Representative Van Akkeren by phone at (888) 529-0026, or
by e-mail at [email protected].
The FBI reports that over 24,000 Wisconsinites have been the victims of
violent crime--murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault--since the
last failed override in 2004. These citizens deserve the opportunity to
defend themselves. PLEASE ACT NOW!