The Wisconsin State Legislature voted recently to extend the temporary concealed carry regulations until more permanent regulations can be put in place.
The rules regulate training requirements to get a concealed carry permit, and the temporary rules act as emergency rules put in place until permanent ones are decided.
“Most of the controversy revolves around the training requirements,” said Buster Bachhuber, director of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Rifle Association.
According to Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Fred Risser, D-Madison, the regulations will be up for renewal in December.
The controversy stems mostly from the Department of Justice offering a shorter course to fulfill the concealed carry’s training requirement, instead of a more traditional course that takes longer.
Bachhuber said a majority of the people who take the short course will take the long course as well.
“Sixty percent of people who take the short course sign up to take the long course after, which is a very good thing,” he said.
He said he thinks people will sign up for the long course if they see fit, but the DOJ’s short course should be sufficient.
According to Bachhuber, the short course makes sense for many people who want a permit because the long course training is similar to what police receive, which he said is not always necessary.
“Under the current rules, training now is ‘learn what you need to know,’” Bachhuber said.
Risser also said he is pleased these temporary rules were extended, and he just wants to see “reasonable regulations” as the permanent ones.
“There are some who believe people can carry weapons without any training,” he said.