CCRKBA URGES ‘FINAL PUSH’ BY CCW SUPPORTERS IN WISCONSIN

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

BELLEVUE, WA – Rescheduling of a veto override vote in Wisconsin until Thursday has given backers of personal safety legislation one more day to lobby lawmakers in Madison in an effort to see concealed carry become a reality in the Badger State.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today renewed its call to Wisconsin gun owners to utilize the toll-free Legislative Hotline (1-800-362-9472) to contact their representatives.

“This vote will come right down to the wires,” said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, “and it is imperative for every Wisconsinite who supports the concept of personal protection to make their voices heard.”

Much attention appears focused on Rep. Gary Sherman, a Democrat who co-sponsored the concealed carry legislation. As the vote nears, Waldron suggested that Wisconsin gun owners also call in messages to Sherman’s office, reminding him of their support for his efforts. Last Nov. 6, Sherman wrote in the Ashland Daily Press, “In my very first assembly campaign in 1998, I made my support for concealed carry very clear and I have not changed my view.”

“Rep. Sherman needs to know Wisconsin gun owners are grateful for his sponsorship of concealed carry legislation,” Waldron noted. “Firearms owners need to let him know that they won’t forget his important vote on this issue. We’ve seen nothing to suggest that Rep. Sherman would turn his back on legislation he’s co-sponsored, much less on the people who elected him in 1998, based on his support for concealed carry.”

“Gun owners also need to contact Reps. John Steinbrink, Amy Sue Vruwink and Terry Van Akkeren,” Waldron stated. “They all voted for concealed carry and it would not be surprising to see them under intense partisan pressure to switch their votes. Even the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggested that one or two lawmakers may switch their votes, to ‘support their party’s governor’. Well, these lawmakers need to be reminded that they don’t work for the party or the governor, but the law-abiding citizens who have earned the right to join with, and be equal to, citizens in 37 other states with sensible right-to-carry personal protection laws.”