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Wisconsin State Senate passed SB403, the Personal Protection Act

From the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Assn;

This evening, in a surprisingly short two-hour debate, the Wisconsin State Senate passed SB403, the Personal Protection Act shall-issue concealed carry bill.

Five Senate Democrats voted for the bill: Senator Russ Decker (Schofield), Senator Julie Lassa (Stevens Point), Senator Bob Wirch (Pleasant Prairie), Senator Roger Breske (Eland), and Senator Jeff Plale (Milwaukee/South
Milwaukee/Cudahy/Oak Creek).

Eighteen of the nineteen Senate Republicans voted for the bill. The only Republican to vote against the bill was Senator Luther Olsen (Ripon).

It should be noted, though, that Senator Olsen voted for the override of Governor Doyle’s veto last year, even after voting against it on the first go-round in the Senate.

Today’s vote is one more than is needed to override Governor Doyle’s promised veto. If Senator Olsen votes to override, that means we have two more votes than necessary to override. We need 22 votes to override.

There were many objectionable amendments to the bill that had been added in committee that were voted upon today and tabled (defeated). For more details on these amendments, check out Senator Zien’s website at

There were some attempts to change the bill radically, which were also defeated. A suggestion that the bill contain fingerprinting provisions–a provision that some have mistakenly said the NRA was pushing for–was
offered by Senator Fred Risser, and roundly rejected. Another of Senator Risser’s suggestions, one that would have required recurrent training and instruction, also was rejected.

Our next battle is in the Assembly next week, where we there are as many as three more votes than required to override the governor’s veto. Of course, without your action, we could lose by as little as one vote.

As soon as the Assembly calendar is set in stone, we’ll let you know the date and time.

Many who receive these emails think we can’t win. Those folks are wrong.

Our chances this year are actually better than last year. We can win.

Please contact your senators who voted for the bill and thank them for their support. You can find your state senator by going to and entering your address.

The Personal Protection Act was authored over a decade ago. For years it went nowhere. The last six years have brought us progressively closer to passage. Last year, we only missed by one vote on the veto override.

We have the momentum to win.

Please do not give up, or give in.