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State Senate to consider eliminating handgun purchase waiting periodSubmitted: 04/21/2015
MADISON - The state Senate will consider eliminating Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period to buy a handgun.


The waiting period has been in place since the mid-1970s.

The Republican sponsor of the bill to eliminate the waiting period says the law was intended to allow gun dealers time to perform background checks.

But the sponsor says those checks can now be performed much more quickly with with the help of computers than they could have been four decades ago.

Senate Democrats say eliminating the waiting period would allow angry people to get their hands on guns too quickly, posing a danger to the community.

The Senate is set to take up the measure during a floor session today. If passed, the bill would proceed to the Assembly for further discussion.

Story By: Associated Press

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