Tuesday, the Senate voted to repeal the unneeded 48 hour waiting period on approved handgun purchases. Wisconsin FORCE and the NRA was there for you.
Wisconsin Knife Laws
Yesterday, no action was taken on a bill to cleanup Wisconsin knife laws. Wisconsin FORCE has been working on this prior to the passage of concealed carry, including talking to Doug Ritter and Todd Rathner of the nation’s KnifeRights organization, and was just working to introduce a bill when Representative Kathy Bernier introduced a bill. Representative Bernier was very open to working with us on making this a good bill. Wisconsin FORCE put her office in contact with KnifeRights, and Todd testified with us yesterday. Both sides of the aisle on the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety were in support of this cleanup, and we are working to come forward with a great bill.
Wikipedia defines knives as: A knife (plural knives) is a cutting tool with a cutting edge or blade, hand-held or otherwise, with or without a handle. Knife-like tools were used at least two-and-a-half million years ago. Originally made of rock, bone, flint, and obsidian, knives have evolved in construction as technology has, with blades being made from bronze, copper, iron, steel, ceramics, and titanium. Knives could be considered humankind's first tool. A statement of how often knives are used every minute of every day is not needed - it is limitless.
Sadly, irrational fear, perpetrated by the media and entertainment industries, often drives poor legislation. In the mid 1950’s, the media focused on gangs and switchblades, and in 1957, Westside Story served to scare normally rational citizens into thinking that a ban was needed. Wisconsin fell into that trap in 1959.
Use, not design, defines a weapon. When the intent is to harm or defend, the list of everyday, commonly known items is limitless. From coffee cups to charge cards, canes to hammers, use, not design, makes almost anything a weapon.
Unlike common items such as baseball bats, knives have common, limitless, useful purposes, used by people every day.
The fact that opening any knife will never be as fast as the more common fixed blade knife, needs no explanation. Carrying a knife that needs to be opened in many cases is necessary or desirable to allow the efficient, practical use of this indispensable tool. Currently, there is confusion on the legality of many knives currently available and carried daily. Knives that open with the assistance of gravity or spring tension greatly aid users that cannot open them due to physical disabilities such as arthritis or are hampered by the need to use both hands to open them. Having an easily opened tool can greatly improve productivity. In emergency situations, one hand may be incapacitated or may be needed to safely hold a person or item that needs to be released such as cutting the safety belt of a car accident victim.
It is time to remove unnecessary restrictions, including preemption, to ensure that Wisconsinites are not burdened by irrational laws enacted many times by emotion in political subdivisions.
Wisconsin FORCE believes that passing legislation, including amendments, removing emotional restrictions on humankind's first tool, will greatly serve the citizens of Wisconsin.
Madison and Wisconsin FORCE
It is a never ending battle in Madison. Anti-Freedom politicians are ALWAYS looking for ways to chip away at our freedoms.
Senator Dan Hansen is currently looking for co-sponsorship of a bill to require background checks for all firearm purchases. This bill generally prohibits a person from selling or transferring a firearm unless the sale or transfer occurs through a federally licensed firearms dealer and involves a background check of the prospective transferee.
They are trying to “sell” it by exempting a transfer that is by gift, bequest, or inheritance to a family member and temporary transfer for a lawful purpose such as hunting or target practice. Those two exemptions will make the bill totally ineffective and only burden law-abiding citizens, and set the ground work to make it “more effective by registering all firearms and eliminating exceptions.
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