MADISON — The
state Senate is set to take up a Republican bill that would
eliminate Wisconsin's decades-old 48-hour waiting period for
period was enacted in the mid-1970s. The bill's chief sponsor,
Sen. Van Wanggaard, a Racine Republican, says the waiting period
was meant to allow time for background checks but the checks now
can be done far more quickly with computers and law-abiding
citizens shouldn't have to wait for their guns.
Democrats say eliminating the waiting period would allow angry
people to get their hands on guns quickly.
The Senate is set
to take up the measure during a floor session Tuesday. Approval
would send the proposal to the state Assembly. Republican Gov.
Scott Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, supports the