Bewley’s Bill for Retired Law Enforcement Officers Signed into Law
Madison – State Senator Janet Bewley’s (D-Delta) proposal to fix an oversight in the Concealed Carry Legislation which passed in 2011 was signed into law this week by Governor Walker. Senator Bewley was joined at the Bill Signing Ceremony by her constituent, Paul Stein of Maple Wisconsin, who brought the issue to her attention.
“Paul was the one who informed me that Wisconsin’s concealed carry law did not authorize the Department of Justice to issue certification cards to retired law enforcement officers who reside in Wisconsin but worked for an out-of-state law enforcement agency. He let me know that certification cards were only available to those who retired from Wisconsin and Federal law enforcement agencies. When I looked into it, I found out this was an unintentional oversight and started working on a fix,” noted Bewley.
After reaching out to retired law enforcement groups, Senator Bewley drafted a bill to treat all qualified former law enforcement officers in the same way. Bewley teamed up with State Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) on the bill which also allows law enforcement officers who retire from an agency that no longer existsto obtain a certification card from the law enforcement agency that assumed the responsibilities and duties of the law enforcement agency that he or she previously worked for.
“I was pleased to work with Representative Kleefisch on this common sense proposal that allows all qualified former law enforcement officers who call Wisconsin home the same opportunity to obtain certification cards,” said Bewley. “Now that Assembly Bill 77 has been signed into law, the same set of rules apply for all former law enforcement officers in the state.”