Concealed Carry passes in the State Senate

Greg Vanevenhoven is our summer intern at WFA and we are thrilled to have him join us!  He will be attending the UW Law School this fall.

Yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate voted on bipartisan lines, 25-8, to finally pass a law that allows the concealed carry of firearms in most places, with exceptions for schools, police stations, courthouses, and a dozen other specified locations.  It is refreshing to see the Senate pass this law, which legalizes an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the Constitution as well as protected in Article I, Section 25 of the Wisconsin Constitution. Needless to say, the law was not voted on immediately as the Senate first addressed 20+ amendments put forward by Democratic senators.

I had the pleasure of being able to listen to most of the debate and the particular amendments proposed, which allowed me to realize how strongly some members of the State Senate felt about the concealed carry law.  Some of the amendments introduced by Democratic senators concerned the fears of allowing concealed carry in places such as the State Capitol, county fairs, or polling places.

However, the bills authors’ countered that the bill addresses those fears with a permit requirement allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon only if they pass a background check, which will effectively eliminate the concern that felons will be able to carry concealed weapons.  By providing such proposals, it ensures that individuals will not be allowed to carry a concealed weapon if they are not law-abiding citizens.

Senator Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) was absolutely correct when he pointed out in the debate on the Senate floor that, “This is about allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.”  A concealed carry law allows citizens the opportunity to defend themselves in life-threatening situations.  After all, let’s face it, the old adage that there is never a cop around when you need one, does sometimes manifest itself.


5 comments on “Concealed Carry passes in the State Senate

  1. Daryl says:

    I do not get it. How does carrying a weapon equate to pro-life? It is issues such as this that display the differences between Republicans and Christians. As a Christian, the only advantage to carrying a gun would be that I could give it to my attacker. Such an act of submission would be a powerful witness towards the salvation of an attacker. If shot, my selfless sacrifice and prayers for the attacker’s divine forgiveness could result in a saving a lost soul. Rather to give my life for the salvation of another than to kill the attacker and ending their life with damnation.

  2. Joshua K says:


    I understand your rationale and motivations for “giving up your gun” and as a believer I can see some merit to the actions. But, reaching for a gun and trying to hand it to a jumpy 25 year old trying to stick you up in an alley, probably would not be a good idea. I doubt he would believe that you are really going to hand it over and he would drill you where you stand. The idea of concealed carry is to intervene in situations where police are not available and someone is in immediate danger. Such as protecting your family from a drunk with a gun. Hopefully most times the gun is just to disarm or warn the assailant and not necessary for firing.
    I believe this is a good law and helpful for society to have respect for the common man. It would be terrible to end a life there is no question about it, but just as tragic to give up a means to protect your family just to ‘shock’ the assailant into noticing the calm in your life. God bless brother, I enjoy the discussion!

  3. Mike B says:

    I think Daryl summed it up quite well: “issues such as this display the difference between Republicans and Christians.” What would Jesus do? I find it difficult to believe that Jesus would choose to carry a concealed weapon. It’s a direct conflict to his own words about turning the other cheek. And given that statistics show that crime has been decreasing over the last 15 or so years, it seems even more hypocritical for a Christian to make the claim that carrying a concealed weapon is an act of protecting one’s family.

  4. Isaac Gjefle says:

    I wish to respectfully take issue with some of the views that have been expressed here. For a person to say that they want to “turn the other cheek” to people who wish to do them harm may sound spiritual, but, in fact, it is very naive. For one thing, when Jesus told us to turn the other cheek, He most definitely was not talking about self-defense. In the culture of Jesus’ day, a slap across the face was an insult, not a physical attack. I am afraid that most people today, including most Christians, live in a bubble, completely oblivious to the fact that there are very evil people out there in the world, to whom human life means absolutely nothing. This will be the case as long as we live in a fallen, sin-cursed world. The Bible is filled with examples of believers using or being willing to use force to defend themselves and others against wicked men (ex. Nehemiah, Abraham, Gideon, etc.).
    In regard to the idea that a Christain should never take the life of an unbeliever and send them to eternal damnation, I would ask you to think about mass shootings such as have occurred at Columbine and Virginia Tech. What about the many victims who were murdered that were unsaved and went straight to hell? What if someone there had had a gun and could have taken out the crazed gunman and saved the lives of those many unsaved people who may later have gotten saved? Something to think about.
    No matter what many people fool themselves into believing, there are evil people in the world who would not hesitate to do horrible things to you and your family. This is a not a scare tactic; it is a simple fact. Just read the paper or watch the news. And probably the vast majority of people who have been raped, tortured, murdered, etc. never thought it would happen to them, but it did.
    I don’t know about anyone else, but, as a father and a husband to whom God has given the responsibility to protect my family, I would be wiling to use whatever force necessary to do so, including deadly force if need be, though I certainly hope that never happens. Owning and/or carrying a gun is like having fire insurance -you hope you never have to use it, but you have it in case the worst happens.

  5. Daryl says:

    Jesus is the only protection and weapon we need. Jesus is telling us to turn the other cheek in an attack. It is a sin to use your own reasoning in deciding to use deadly force to protect yourself and your family. To do so means you are not already dead to yourself as you should be. Stop valuing your life above another and trust in the Jesus to save you, spiritually and physically. If Jesus needs you or your family here after the incident, you will not be killed, or maybe you will be resurrected. Where is your faith, man? You are thinking in the natural and trusting in yourself more than the Lord. You do not stop evil by deciding to kill people, you become evil. As for the people in Columbine, how many actually did die but were resurrected by Jesus? How many bullets were deflected by angels on order to protect the chosen ones? Jesus knows the hearts of the ones taken and the ones saved. Since the incident, there has been an amazing revival at the school. Good thing there were not a bunch of baby Christians with guns at the school thinking they were ‘helping’ Jesus. As for OT believers being led to kill, they were obeying the direct spoken word of the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit tells you to do so, by all means do so, just make sure you are hearing the right spirit and not listening to your own desires. As for me, it is just a bullet. Stop by in the morgue and lay hands on me. Jesus and I would love to see faith grow in you, faith to raise me from the dead. If you are not a mature believer and do not lay hands, that is fine, Jesus can get me up without your help, just like he did Lazarus. Remember, when you ask ‘What would Jesus do?”, you are to supposed listen for the answer from the Holy Spirit.

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