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Lawmakers to ponder training in weapons bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget committee is set to consider adding mandatory permits and training requirements to a bill that would lift Wisconsin’s ban on concealed weapons.

Republicans have been considering several bills that would allow concealed carry. The leading version in the state Assembly would require permits. A Senate version would make permits optional. Neither bill would require any training.

Gov. Scott Walker said last week he wants to see permits and training requirements in the bill.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon to consider revisions to the Senate bill that would require applicants obtain licenses and get firearms training. The state Justice Department would keep a database of permit holders. Police would be able to access the database to confirm a license was valid.

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