I’m having a hard time understanding why eliminating the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases in Wisconsin is necessary, except to help further burnish Gov. Scott Walker’s conservative credentials for the extremist conservatives who comprise the base of the Republican Party.
The Wisconsin Senate voted on Tuesday to repeal the state’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.
The bill now moves to the Assembly. Gov. Scott Walker has indicated he will sign it into law.
Under current law, adopted in 1976, anyone attempting to purchase a handgun cannot acquire it until 48 hours after a background check has been started. If the Department of Justice needs more time to complete the background check, it can extend the wait by up to three days.
In my opinion eliminating the waiting period for handgun purchases in Wisconsin smacks of a “solution” in need of a problem.