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Senate approves bills easing concealed weapon process

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a pair of bills making it easier for active military personnel and retired police officers to carry concealed weapons.

One bill approved Friday would allow active military personnel from other states who are stationed in Wisconsin for more than a year to apply for concealed weapons permits. Under current law, the permits are available only to state residents.

The other bill simplifies the application process for former police officers who worked in other states.

Instead of going back to the state where they worked to get a permit, the bill would allow them to file an application through the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Both bills now head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

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