Gun advocates at odds over carry privileges for off duty officers
new debate in Madison
MADISON -- A new bill introduced in Madison would allow off duty or retired law enforcement officers to carry weapons in prohibited places.
The bill's sponsor, Oconomowoc Republican Joel Kleefisch, says officers through their training have earned that right. The co-sponsor is Democrat Lena Taylor of Milwaukee.
Nik Clark of Wisconsin Carry disagrees.
"We think it creates a special class of citizen," Clark tells CBS 58 News, " It grants special privileges for the retired and off duty officers and it tramples on private property rights."
Clark says he can support the bill only if the private property privileges are stripped out and if all 200,000 Wisconsin permit holders can carry at schools.
He added, "I think people that pay taxes on public schools and send their kids to them have earned the right to carry when they go to their kid's sporting event."
CBS 58's Michele McCormack has more.