Wisconsin is set to become the 49th state in the nation to legalize concealed carry, leaving Illinois as the only state left to withhold the ban.
The Wisconsin House and Senate both passed the bill, which will allow citizens to carry concealed handguns, with bipartisan support. The measure now goes to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for his signature.
The legislation requires residents to obtain a permit, unlike states like Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, and New Hampshire where citizens can carry open and concealed handguns without a permit.
Governor Pat Quinn says it’s unlikely that Illinois will allow concealed carry anytime soon. Legislation to legalize carry concealed handguns in Illinois was voted down in May.
“About two-thirds of the people of Illinois are strongly opposed to that proposed idea and public safety comes first,” Quinn said. “We should listen to the everyday people of our state when it comes to their safety that carrying loaded, concealed weapons by private persons in public places is something that is not going to enhance public safety.”
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