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Assembly to vote on concealed-carry bill (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Supporters of a bill legalizing the carrying of concealed weapons in Wisconsin say it’s overdue and law-abiding citizens need it to protect themselves.

The state Assembly debated the bill Tuesday and was expected to pass it and send it to Gov. Scott Walker later in the day.

Democratic opponents say putting more guns on the street won’t make them safer. And they say the bill doesn’t address concerns of law enforcement about adequate training for those who seek permits.

The bill would allow carrying concealed weapons in public places, with some exemptions. Signs could also be posted giving notice that concealed weapons aren’t allowed.

Wisconsin and Illinois are the only states that currently don’t allow carrying concealed weapons.

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