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Darling: toughen laws on illegal carry

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MADISON – Prosecutors will have another tool to get violent felons off the street under a bill authored by State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills).  The legislation will help increase penalties for violent criminals who illegally conceal handguns.  Senator Darling says the measure will help protect law-abiding citizens.

“After talking with local law enforcement, it was clear they needed more help to put violent criminals off the street and behind bars,” Darling said, “This legislation targets dangerous criminals who shouldn’t be carrying weapons in the first place.”

Under this legislation:

*If you are caught carrying a concealed weapon, without a license, and would be prohibited from purchasing a firearm under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), it is a Class H felony.

*If you are caught carry a concealed weapon, and you have conviction for a violent felony, you would face mandatory prison time of 3 years.

*Bring Wisconsin’s straw purchaser law in line with Federal Statutes.

Senator Darling says bringing Wisconsin in line with federal law will help keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

“Too often criminals are able to get guns by having law abiding citizens purchase guns for them,” Darling said, “By updating Wisconsin’s straw purchase laws, we can help put an end to that tactic.”

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