State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2015
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Protecting Those Who Serve


Two bills that would allow for greater protections for those who protect and serve moved one step closer to becoming law today. Both bills passed this afternoon with bipartisan support during an Executive Session of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, which I chair.

Assembly Bill 75, which I am proud to author, would allow qualified members of the US armed forces serving in Wisconsin to obtain a concealed carry permit. This bill was initially requested last legislative session by a commander at Fort McCoy
 as a way to make Wisconsin friendlier towards the brave men and women stationed in our state.

Currently, Wisconsin has concealed carry reciprocity with 29 other states, which allows residents of those states who carry a valid concealed permit to carry in Wisconsin. However, under current law there is no option for those serving from non-reciprocity states to legally carry concealed in Wisconsin. This common sense measure will allow those who risk their lives day in and day out to protect our country to lawfully carry concealed and protect themselves in Wisconsin.  

Assembly Bill 77 also got the stamp of approval in committee today. I am a cosponsor of this bill, which would allow residents of Wisconsin who were formerly employed in law enforcement in another state to apply to carry concealed in Wisconsin. Officers put themselves in harms way on a daily basis for the safety of others. This bill honors that service by affording them the opportunity to continue to protect themselves and those around them while living in our great state.

Both bills passed the Assembly in June and would need to pass the full Senate before they can be signed into law. 

 Cracking Down on Gun Crimes


There has been a startling rise in violent crimes in Milwaukee this year, with the total homicides this year so far surpassing the city's total for the whole of 2014. These grave statistics have a real impact in our communities as families lose loved ones to senseless violence. 

Assembly Bill 220 helps address this problem by creating a mandatory minimum prison sentence for criminals who possess a gun and commit certain crimes after being convicted of certain violent felonies. Current Wisconsin law generally prohibits a person from having a gun if they have been convicted of a felony, but unfortunately sometimes this is not enough to keep them from re-offending.

Violent felons are barred from owning guns for good reason. Creating a mandatory minimum sentence will help make violent felons think twice before buying a gun, and help make our communities safer for us all.

In the District


On Tuesday, September 8th, I was pleased to attend the Racine County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Dinner. At the event I met Ms. Anna Ranke (pictured above with me and her parents). This bright young lady won the essay contest this year, and read her entire essay in front of a crowd of 80 people with flawless execution. Congratulations, Anna- fine job!
Me and my pal, Chance the Cheetah, from Giese Elementary - Happy 50th Anniversary Giese!
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