BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Rescheduling of a veto override vote in Wisconsin until Thursday has given backers of personal safety legislation one more day to lobby lawmakers in Madison in an effort to see concealed carry become a reality in the Badger State.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today renewed its call to Wisconsin gun owners to utilize the toll-free Legislative Hotline (1-800-362-9472) to contact their representatives.
â€œThis vote will come right down to the wires,â€ said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, â€œand it is imperative for every Wisconsinite who supports the concept of personal protection to make their voices heard.â€
Much attention appears focused on Rep. Gary Sherman, a Democrat who co-sponsored the concealed carry legislation. As the vote nears, Waldron suggested that Wisconsin gun owners also call in messages to Shermanâ€™s office, reminding him of their support for his efforts. Last Nov. 6, Sherman wrote in the Ashland Daily Press, â€œIn my very first assembly campaign in 1998, I made my support for concealed carry very clear and I have not changed my view.â€
â€œRep. Sherman needs to know Wisconsin gun owners are grateful for his sponsorship of concealed carry legislation,â€ Waldron noted. â€œFirearms owners need to let him know that they wonâ€™t forget his important vote on this issue. Weâ€™ve seen nothing to suggest that Rep. Sherman would turn his back on legislation heâ€™s co-sponsored, much less on the people who elected him in 1998, based on his support for concealed carry.â€
â€œGun owners also need to contact Reps. John Steinbrink, Amy Sue Vruwink and Terry Van Akkeren,â€ Waldron stated. â€œThey all voted for concealed carry and it would not be surprising to see them under intense partisan pressure to switch their votes. Even the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggested that one or two lawmakers may switch their votes, to â€˜support their partyâ€™s governorâ€™. Well, these lawmakers need to be reminded that they donâ€™t work for the party or the governor, but the law-abiding citizens who have earned the right to join with, and be equal to, citizens in 37 other states with sensible right-to-carry personal protection laws.â€