Someone recently blogged that the Democrats need to come up with their own concealed carry law, as the Republicans are not going to give up on this. So, that set me thinking as to what I would want to see in a Concealed Carry law.
Let’s keep this in mind, the Second Amendment states,
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
This means, at least to me, that our founding fathers knew that we would have the need to regulate our weapons. So, I have no problems with controlling who does and who doesn’t receive a concealed carry permit. If you disagree with this, ask yourself — do you really want me to be allowed to carry a handgun?
Anyway, here’s my list (and I reserve the right to add to it at a later time):
The permit should not cost less than $150.00. If you want to carry a weapon in Wisconsin, you should have to show that you are serious about it.
If you are caught without your permit and you are carrying a weapon, it’s NOT a $25.00 fine, it’s a $100.00 fine. Get caught a second time, automatic 3 month suspension of your Concealed Carry Permit and the police officer confiscates your weapon immediately — you may have it returned to you AFTER the suspension is up. Get caught a third time, your Concealed Carry is revoked — Period. If you can’t manage to carry the permit on you at all times, apparently, you aren’t mature enough to have one.
Either lie to a police officer about having the permit or not handing it over when asked for it, automatic 6 month suspension of your Concealed Carry Permit and the police officer may confiscate your weapon immediately — you may have it returned to you AFTER the suspension is up. Do it a second time and the permit is revoked.
If you have ever had a restraining order for domestic abuse or been charged with domestic abuse, no permit. Yeah, this might be a little harsh, but tell that to the dead, abused spouse.
A waiting period — three days if you are all ready registers a weapon and seven days if you are not. I want the background check to be extensive. Something might have changed between when you registered your weapon and when you apply for a Concealed Carry permit.
Police officers any time they come in contact with a person — traffic stop, domestic violence call, witness to a crime, victim of a crime, whatever it is, have the right to check if you have a Concealed Carry permit. ANYTIME.
I’ll probably add to this list, but this is a good place to start.