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Mayor Barrett’s Statement Regarding State Senate Bill 169, Allowing Concealed Carry without Permits

I strongly disagree that Wisconsin needs to completely walk away from the 2011 concealed carry law that required individuals to get a permit before being allowed to carry a concealed weapon."

By - Sep 19th, 2017 05:38 pm

Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding State Senate Bill 169, Allowing Concealed Carry without Permits:

“I strongly disagree that Wisconsin needs to completely walk away from the 2011 concealed carry law that required individuals to get a permit before being allowed to carry a concealed weapon.

“I recognize public safety is of paramount concern for us all. That’s why I’m asking the legislature for a dedicated revenue stream to fund and maintain our police strength level.

“At the same time, citizens and the legislature are expecting more and more of our police department.

“In 2016, the Milwaukee Police Department recovered 2,419 guns off City streets.  That’s 406 guns per 100,000 residents and more than Chicago (246 guns per 100,000 residents), Philadelphia (253 per 100,000 residents) and New York City (44 guns per 100,000 residents).

“Between January 1, 2017 and September 18, 2017, Milwaukee police have recovered 2,015 firearms; 1,744 (87%) have been recovered as evidence or used in a major crime and we still have four months to go in the calendar year.

“The total number of gun recoveries has increased 39% compared to the same timeframe in 2011 (1,447 to 2,015). Since 2007, arrests for felons in possession of a firearm have increased 39 percent and total gun arrests have increased 29 percent.

Easy access to deadly firearms and the crimes committed with those weapons is a major public safety concern for citizens and policer officers and a strain on City resources.

“I respectfully ask the full State Senate, the Assembly and the Governor to say “no” to Senate Bill 169.”

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4 thoughts on “Mayor Barrett’s Statement Regarding State Senate Bill 169, Allowing Concealed Carry without Permits”

  1. Concealed Carry has been great success throughout state. in Inner city the thugs all carry without any license and they re busy shooting each other all the time. car jackings, theft, robberies by addicts, make that area to dangerous to ride in.

  2. Thomas says:

    Thank you, Mayor Barrett, for writing a thoughtful and reasonable letter in the interest of killing senate bill 169. More guns in the hands of more unknown and untrained people would most likely escalate gun violence in our state.

  3. Not one ounce of evidence of that.
    No wonder left can never solve problems, they cannot figure out answers.
    Dummies, it is people that should be in jail that cause gun violence not guns.
    Every fall one million guys walk around with Wis. with guns in their hands. They do not shoot each other for several reasons.
    it is against law. Grizzled old Redneck hunters are not tasty and no-one will mount one for the Tavern walls.

  4. Terry Longo says:

    Offer more mental health care for people with mental issues. Enforce laws already on the books,do not create more laws.

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