On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety is having a public hearing on Senate Bill 169 (aka permitless carry), which is a VERY irresponsible bill, a bill that would make Wisconsin a more dangerous place. Khary Penebaker, along with many others, is going to testify against this bill and are asking that you join them. Both Moms Demand & WAVE will be present.
The hearing will be in 411 South at 9:30 a.m. at the Capitol, 2 E. Main St, Madison, WI 53703. Please arrive early, especially if you would like to testify. You can submit written testimony to the committee as well.
As WAVE put it this week, "This dangerous bill would allow just about anyone---even those ages 18, 19, and 20--to carry a hidden, loaded gun with: No Permit. No Background Check. No Training.
This "permitless gun carry" would be allowed even in sensitive places like schools, police stations, and mental health facilities.
Permitless carry would dramatically lower the bar for who can carry a concealed handgun in public in Wisconsin—to include people with no safety training, teenagers, and people who have never passed criminal background checks.
Penebaker wrote an op-ed in the Journal Sentinel about this bill a few weeks ago. In Wisconsin, we experienced more than 600 gun deaths in 2015 alone, and nearly 70% of those gun deaths were gun suicides like my mom. Southeastern Wisconsin, particularly Milwaukee, has experienced a deadly amount of gun violence that claimed the lives of 250 people from 2015 to 2016, according to the Journal Sentinel. These aren’t just statistics; these numbers represent the pain that nearly 600 families have endured, families that now join the loneliest club. When you see these numbers and then you meet the families behind the statistics, you understand that the deadly epidemic of gun violence is more than the black-and-white figures on a piece of paper.
We need real solutions from our lawmakers to these kinds of tragedies — not bills like SB 169, a “solution” in search of a problem. This proposed legislation will not keep our communities safer, nor will it reduce the heartbreaking number of gun suicides that plague our great state.
Let us stand together and tell our senators that Wisconsin doesn't want this, that this will only make our communities less safe. I am asking you to help fight back against a bill that no one other than the gun lobby wants.
Please join us at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, to stand up against Senate Bill 169. If you can't attend, consider calling your Wisconsin state representative & state senator and/or send them a letter or a postcard to indicate your opposition to Senate Bill 169.