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Committee set to vote on concealed carry bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A panel of state lawmakers is expected to give preliminary approval to a bill that would allow concealed weapons in Wisconsin.

Two concealed carry bills are floating around the Legislature. One measure would require a permit. The other requires nothing.

The Senate judiciary committee is scheduled to vote on the version that doesn’t require a permit, although its author, Sen. Pam Galloway, has introduced an amendment that would create optional licenses.

The bills’ supporters say the measures would give people a chance to defend themselves from criminals. Opponents say concealed carry will generate more violence.

Wisconsin and Illinois are the only states that don’t allow concealed weapons. Committee approval would clear the way for a full vote in the Senate.

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