Wisconsin State Senate passes bill eliminating waiting period for handgun purchases

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.


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17 thoughts on “Wisconsin State Senate passes bill eliminating waiting period for handgun purchases

  1. Sounds like a perfectly fine update to an outdated practice. Last time I checked the illegal handgun purchases happening on the war zone streets of Milwaukee do not require a 48 hour waiting period.

    1. jharp, fighting for Makisha Cooper’s right to bear arms.

      “Woman’s excuse for firing gun: Sheriff Clarke said it was OK”

      “A 36-year-old Milwaukee woman had a ready excuse when Milwaukee police approached her Saturday about firing a gun on the 2300 block of W. Burleigh St.

      Makisha Cooper told police that Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. had said it was OK for her to arm herself, according to a criminal complaint accusing her of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon….”


      1. Not impressed John. 7 murders in 7 days in milwaukee. NONE COMMITTED by LAWFUL concealed carry owners.

        1. jharp, for when you get serious about accountability, “The Case for Reparations.” http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

          If you find anything lacking in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ research, please quote it in your response. So far, I haven’t found anyone who can dispute his conclusions. Look on the bright side, with the new DNA testing you may be related to folks who will be receiving reparations, “The First Family: A New Glimpse of Michelle Obama’s White Ancestors.”

          Coates starts with Deuteronomy and John Locke.

          “And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing today.
          — Deuteronomy 15: 12–15

          Besides the crime which consists in violating the law, and varying from the right rule of reason, whereby a man so far becomes degenerate, and declares himself to quit the principles of human nature, and to be a noxious creature, there is commonly injury done to some person or other, and some other man receives damage by his transgression: in which case he who hath received any damage, has, besides the right of punishment common to him with other men, a particular right to seek reparation.
          — John Locke, ‘Second Treatise…’”

        2. And none of the seven committed against lawful CC people either, so what’s the rush to take possession of the purchase and where is the danger to legal gun owners, or where were the CC people to protect their fellow citizens?

  2. The problem is that when you will need a gun to defend your self in milwaukee, murder capitol of the state, you have tow wait 48 hours and make second trip. Not one ounce of evidence that it ever accomplished anything, just another left wing nutcase solution.

  3. The irony seems to be lost on Waangard, who expresses concern about folks having to travel great distances to purchase a handgun and then make that same trip 48 hours later to retrieve their purchase, while having no regrets about the people in outlying areas of the state that he inconveniently makes travel for hours to get an unnecessary ID to vote.

    1. Apt comparison that the boo-hoo whining gun buyers get special dispensation from the emperor and the court jesters, but 100’s of thousands of long time voters who are too old to drive, gave up that ID, or high-tuition paying resident students (supporting our economy and education system) or military veterans with those IDs are required to jump through extra hoope to vote.

      Pee in a cup to get food assistance, but not before being allowed to buy a gun? Drunk or druggie potential criminals with no priors, immediate access.

      1. Feels like barely a day ago nonquixote that you were lecturing people about STAYING on SUBJECT. I don’t see Voter ID mentioned in this TOPIC.


        Although I find it interesting that you would use the phrase “Drunk or druggie POTENTIAL criminals with no priors, immediate access”. What on earth could you mean by that? Every law abiding citizen with NO PRIORS I suppose should not be allowed to buy or own a handgun EVER based on that statement. Wouldn’t want POTENTIAL criminals to ever have an opportunity… Man your throwing out doozies today.

          1. Hey john… lecture your good buddy nonquixote and read better, I was quoting him! Thanks for the backup though!

        1. First, we are talking about conservative’s supposed complete aversion to big government interference with our freedoms. Comparing state imposed regulations on one group about one issue is being used as a comparison to illustrate the conservative political hypocrisy of the government regulations imposed or lifted on another issue.

          Doesn’t surprise me you “don’t get it,” that a valid method of debate is being used here on the larger topic of our FREEDOMS. Tell us something else we don’t already know. Unlikely to impossible that will ever happen.

          With drugs and gun buying, a drug test could indicate a problem with any individual and their right to safely be allowed to have access to a new gun purchased, almost immediately and if not screened for, would not be indicated by the mere fact of never having a prior criminal record. A new gun in the hands of a chemically impaired individual sounds like potential public endangerment to me and something that should be screened for in addition to a criminal background, before given immediate access to a handgun.

          We should probably conduct sobriety checks on CC permit holders unannounced from time to time too. So buck up Denis, just because you cannot see it, doesn’t mean it is not there.

          1. Well “Mr do as I say not as I do”. That same argument could be made in regards to Walkers viability as a candidate when comparing his behavior with that of the current president and Hillary. But I digress you knew that when you had your stay on subject temper tantrum the other day.

            Secondly. Any drugged up or drunk individual can walk into any store and buy a long gun right now under your scenario. And while criminals certainly can and do use long guns to commit crime…

            1. Denis/John/Nemo whatever you are, my purposeful placement of the name was not noticed, I see.

              First, the whole of the “sensible gun regulation elimination legislation,”™ which passed today is about big government control over “gun consumer rights.” Exactly ON TOPIC.

              Next, the difference is I actually included the TOPIC of the post in my comment here, explaining the rwmj hypocrisy demonstrated in comparison to another issue of intrusive government regulation. You ignored comparison to the TOPIC, completely.

              Next, I mentioned where current regulation related to the TOPIC of WAITING TIMES isn’t the only factor that should be applied in consideration of the topic of WAITING TIMES, thereby furthering/expanding ideas ON THE TOPIC. You did NONE of that.

              Lastly, your arguing the negative about long guns doesn’t equate to mean I am in favor of, or that I approve of current INADEQUATE regulation of long guns. Long guns if you actually check the statistics are not as big a problem by a long shot (pun intended) as are hand guns relative to violent crimes committed using a gun. You don’t know this elementary statistical gun knowledge?

              And criminals all have guns already, don’t they, isn’t that the rwnj line and the justification for CC and the castle doctrine? You have no clue where that leads us as a society.

              1. Hey non, how many CC holders murdered black people in milwaukee this month or this year for that matter.

                If there were any you damn sure know it would be all over the Place. (cop shooting man who is assaulting him Doesn’t count).

                Criminals cheat and yes they already have and will continue to get illegal guns.

                1. As I suspected, no disagreement from you with anything in my 6:27 pm comment, and no apology for your abusive personal characterizations. Just another attempt at deflection from the discussion from you. Who’d not have seen that coming?

                  My question was what good have CC holders done with respect to helping personal or public safety, NOT how many racial minority people were harmed by CC holders. Nothing that you can document. Records are purposely not kept. More “accidental,” shootings from legal guns than any measure of personal safety ever enhanced or provided. Records are kept for that.

                  If you come up with one plausible comment on this I may respond. Good luck with that, so far nadda.

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