State lawmaker wants to end 48 hour wait period for handgun purchase

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WISCONSIN (WFRV) – A Wisconsin lawmaker is looking to repeal the state’s 48-hour wait period to buy handguns. It’s a move that has some groups concerned about safety.

The current law has been in place since 1976 and only pertains to handguns. Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, said the original intent of the waiting period was to give gun dealers time to complete a background check. Now that information is digital and checks can be done online almost immediately.

Some local guns store owners are onboard with the idea, especially for repeat customers. However, domestic abuse advocates are concerned for the safety of victims.

“If a victim of domestic violence is sensing that situation is escalating, or if now a gun appears at home, that is obviously something scary to experience,” explained Beth Schnorr, Harbor House Executive Director. “That gives that victim time to seek out help to get a restraining order.”

“They grumble a little bit, saying I don’t know why we can’t take it right now,” Perry Sarto, owner of Badger Gun Sales said about some of his customers. “We’ve already been background checked. Or I bought one last month or two weeks ago and wonder why they have to wait all over again.”

An Assembly committee will discuss the bill on Thursday morning.

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