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Wisconsin AG Sues Legislators Over Concealed Draft of Concealed Weapons Law

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The Wisconsin Department of Justice has filed a public records act against two legislators who have refused to release a draft copy of a bill requiring the state to issue concealed weapons permits. The senators say the bill, supported by the National Rifle Association, is still a work in progress. The legal issue turns on whether the draft is, in fact, solely the work of the senators or whether the NRA or others have helped in the drafting. The AG’s office argues they and the public should have ample time to study and comment on the bill before there’s a vote. Similar legislation passed last year but was vetoed by the governor. (8/31/05)