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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Way to go Wisconsin
2015 • Issue No. 28
Let’s Expand Gun Rights in Every State BY
TIM SCHMIDT - USCCA FOUNDER
Not too long ago, I talked with you about the senseless and tragic murder of
Carol Bowne, the young woman from New Jersey who was killed by her
ex-boyfriend...basically because she was forced to wait for permission to
Since that time, my home state of Wisconsin has seen a
wonderful thing take place—something that the bureaucrats in New Jersey should
pay close attention to: We expanded our gun rights. We repealed the
waiting-period requirement and put freedom back in the hands of responsible
Americans so they can defend themselves with firearms.
On June 24, 2015,
Governor Scott Walker signed legislation into law, eliminating the nearly
40-year-old, 48-hour waiting period that was once mandatory before purchasing a
handgun in our state. (Currently, ten states impose waiting periods prior to
purchasing a handgun.) Walker also signed a law allowing off-duty, retired, and
out-of-state police officers to carry firearms on school grounds.
had the honor and privilege of watching this event take place.
proud and exciting moment to stand behind Governor Walker—and alongside other
responsibly armed Americans—to witness the signing of laws that will support our
While I applaud Governor Walker and our state for
overturning this senseless law, which was in direct affront to the Second
Amendment rights of every Wisconsin resident, I'd really like to see this type
of thing happening all across the United States.
Wouldn’t you be proud to see more legislation passed that takes the side
of the good guys?
At least the state of New Jersey is listening. The
tragic murder of Carol Bowne has prompted lawmakers to introduce legislation
that would speed up the firearms permit application process for residents who
are protected by restraining orders. Senate Republican Dawn Addiego stated in a
press release, “This legislation will make sure that those who need protection
the most are given priority when it comes to the lengthy process of applying for
a firearms permit.”
It’s not a solution. And it’s certainly not
all-inclusive. But it's a step in the right direction.
Granted, I know that some days it truly feels like we’re
taking two steps forward and one step back, but it’s this kind of effort that
recharges my strength and renews my faith. And it’s these small victories that
we can look to as we continue to fight for our Second Amendment freedoms.
So I encourage all of you to keep up the good work. Don’t give up. Don’t
back down. Let’s not lose another Carol Bowne to laws that limit our right to
As Plato so fittingly said, “We are twice armed if we
fight with faith.”
And I have faith that together we can make a
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on the run. Church shootings. Terrorist attacks. Political accusations. Race
bating. Flag waving. Flag banning. Murderers killed and captured. Hate crimes.
Police officers shot and killed. At least one woman died waiting for her pistol
was 5 years old when I started taking piano lessons. I think my mom looked at my
long, fidgety fingers and decided that something good was to be done with them.
I don’t remember much about getting started. I don’t remember much about my
May 16, 2011, Shiquita Reed, 33, a Chesterfield County, Virginia mother of six,
decided to openly carry her .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun while walking one
of her daughters to the bus stop. Her daughter, Shiquita said, was being teased
about her appearance…READ
most cases, “gun-free zones” are a really bad idea. Sure, even the most ardent
supporters of our right to carry can understand why a prison or other
correctional facility would be off-limits to anyone armed. We get it…READ
dad taught us to shoot in what I consider the right way—shooting .22 rifles at
paper targets, rather than at tin cans or other less environmentally friendly
targets, such as glass bottles. From the first day of shooting with my dad and
brother along a set of…READ
some point in time, you have to wonder how long this can go on. Seriously! How
long and how many times can the superintendent (or chief, or whatever Chicago’s
police chief calls himself) stand up and make a fool of himself in front of
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