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Gun advocates make case for concealed carry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx By Todd Richmond The Associated Press

MADISON — The time has finally come to let Wisconsin citizens to carry concealed weapons, gun advocates told state lawmakers Thursday. Wisconsin and Illinois are the only states that prohibit concealed weapons. Republican legislators have been trying for a more than a decade to lift the restrictions, but former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle twice vetoed bills that would have permitted the practice. Now, though, Republicans control both houses of the Legislature and the governor’s office, clearing the way for easy passage. GOP lawmakers, backed by the National Rifle Association, are advancing two measures allowing concealed carry. One version requires permits. The other requires nothing. Dozens of people packed a public hearing on the permit bill before the Assembly’s criminal justice committee. Gun advocates crowded the room and waited in the hallways, sporting orange buttons that read “Guns Save Lives.” One wore a shirt emblazoned with the message “What Part of Infringed Don’t You Understand?” Another’s shirt featured the mantra “Celebrate Diversity” and multiple images of different handguns. “Really consider this bill,” Matt Slavik, a 58year-old information technology specialist from Brookfield, told the committee. “Don’t waste any more time. I’ve been waiting 10 years for this.” Opponents, though, warned lawmakers allowing concealed carry would lead to more bloodshed. Many demanded lawmakers at least mandate permit holders get basic firearms training in the bills. “I’m concerned about the health and safety of myself, my friends and family and my fellow citizens,” said Aria Duax, assistant program director for the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort. “Bad judgment and a brief period of rage can have deadly consequences.” Wisconsin and Illinois are the only states that prohibit concealed weapons. Republican legislators have been working for a decade to lift the restrictions, but former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle twice vetoed bills that would have permitted it. Under current state law, almost anyone caught carrying a concealed weapon faces up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in jail. Current and retired police officers are allowed to carry, however. Courts also have ruled that business owners and homeowners can carry in some in-

stances as well. Under the permit bill, people 21 and over could request a five-year license from the state Justice Department. Applicants would have to pay a $13 background check fee and a $52 application fee. No training would be needed to obtain the permit. Concealed weapons would be allowed nearly everywhere except in police stations, jails, courthouses, beyond airport security checkpoints and on school grounds. Homeowners, businesses and governments could prohibit weapons on their property, too. That’s a major departure from current state law, which generally prohibits firearms in any public building, tavern, state park and within 1,000 feet of school grounds. Rep. Jeff Mursau, RCrivitz, the bill’s chief sponsor in the Assembly, began the hearing by telling the committee people should be allowed to defend themselves. Former Rep. Scott Gunderson, a Waterford Republican who worked for years to get concealed carry legislation passed, backed him up, saying Wisconsin citizens can be trusted to carry hidden weapons responsibly. “The truth is concealed carry laws have worked in every state that has adopted them,” Gunderson said. “It is time.” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told the panel he initially opposed concealed carry, but has come to support it after realizing criminals are overpowering people in the streets. He told the lawmakers they should stiffen penalties for illegal gun possession in the bill, but he’s willing to consider anything that would help crime victims. Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney questioned why the Legislature is making concealed carry a priority given all the other problems the state faces. He said the bill is a recipe for tragedy without training requirements. He also called for a database of permit holders that police could use to see if someone they’ve stopped might have a concealed weapon. Duax cited statistics from the Violence Policy Center that showed 300 people have been killed by someone carrying a concealed weapon nationwide since May 2007, including 11 police officers. Several groups, including the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Wisconsin Domestic Violence Associations, asked lawmakers to carve out hard exemptions to concealed carry for hospitals and shelters. “In times of emotional stress, even the most docile human being may act irrationally,” Marc Herstand, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers’ Wisconsin chapter, told the lawmakers. Gun advocates balked at mandated training, saying poor people can’t afford it

Police dismiss most threats made to state lawmakers The Associated Press

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Justice says most of the threats made to Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers from both parties during the contentious debate over an anti-union bill were not criminal, but some are still under investigation. Records released Thursday show 90 complaints about potential threats or harassment were forwarded to law enforcement from Feb. 16 to March 25.

Of those, a dozen are still under investigation for possible criminal behavior. The others included 29 reported threats or harassment against Democrats and 26 against Walker or other Republicans. The remaining complaints were either informational, vague threats against other officials and protesters or were unrelated to the Capitol protests. All of those complaints were closed after it was determined the individuals posed no significant threat.

WE ARE BROWN COUNTY A SNAPSHOT LOOK AT THE

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2010 U.S.CENSUS DATA

13,975

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ome Brown County communities got larger, others got small-

er, and all got older over the last 10 years. Those and other details were revealed this week when the U.S. Census Bureau released demographic profiles based on the 2010 census.

Population

(15,443 in 2000) Median age: 41 (37.6 in 2000) Under 5: 787, 5.6% (808, 5.2%) 65 and older: 2,330, 16.7% (2,268, 14.7%) Males: 7,308, 52.3% (8,276, 53.6%) Females: 6,667, 47.7% (7,167, 46.4%) White: 12,534, 89.7% (14,218, 92.1%) Hispanic: 383, 2.7% (199, 1.3%) Single mothers with children under 18: 225 (242) Owner-occupied housing units: 4,463, 82.2% (4,586, 85%) Renter-occupied housing units: 969, 17.8% (811, 15%) Vacant: 275, 4.8% (115, 2.1%)

How to read the numbers: 2010 numbers, percentage (2000 numbers, percentage)

ASHWAUBENON

BELLEVUE

DE PERE

Population

Population

Population

16,963

14,570

23,800

(17,634 in 2000)

(11,828 in 2000)

(20,559 in 2000)

Median age: 40.1 (36.3 in 2000) Under 5: 852, 5% (1,013, 5.7%) 65 and older: 2,479, 14.6% (1,953, 11.1%) Males: 8,258, 48.7% (8,553, 48.5%) Females: 8,705, 51.3% (9,081, 51.5%) White: 15,366, 90.6% (16,764, 95.1%) Hispanic: 471, 2.8% (202, 1.1%) Single mothers with children under 18: 481 (439) Owner-occupied housing units: 4,459, 60.1% (4,347, 60.9%) Renter-occupied housing units: 2,962, 39.9% (2,790, 39.1%) Vacant: 376, 4.8% (123, 1.7%)

Median age: 36.3 (32.9 in 2000) Under 5: 1,125, 7.7% (900, 7.6%) 65 and older: 1,586, 10.9% (852, 7.2%) Males: 7,096, 48.7% (5,858, 49.5%) Females: 7,474, 51.3% (5,858, 50.5%) White: 12,748, 87.5% (11,284, 95.4%) Hispanic: 1,359, 9.3% (310, 2.6%) Single mothers with children under 18: 356 (243) Owner-occupied housing units: 3,909, 66.5% (3,166, 68.5%) Renter-occupied housing units: 1,967, 33.5% (1,458, 31.5%) Vacant: 438, 6.9% (135, 2.8%)

Median age: 33.7 (32.5 in 2000) Under 5: 1,517, 6.4% (1,401, 6.8%) 65 and older: 2,775, 11.7% (2,338, 11.4%) Males: 11,401, 47.9% (9,942, 48.4%) Females: 12,399, 52.1% (10,617, 51.6%) White: 22,366, 94% (19,883, 96.7%) Hispanic: 511, 2.1% (202, 1%) Single mothers with children under 18: 641 (424) Owner-occupied housing units: 5,943, 64.2% (5,045, 65.3%) Renter-occupied housing units: 3,311, 35.8% (2,679, 34.7%) Vacant: 488, 5% (269, 3.4%)

HOBART

HOWARD

PULASKI

Population

Population

Population

6,182

17,399

3,539

(5,090 in 2000)

(13,546 in 2000)

(3,013 in 2000)

Median age: 43.4 (38 in 2000) Under 5: 358, 5.8% (314, 6.2%) 65 and older: 792, 12.8% (387, 7.5%) Males: 3,043, 49.2 % (2,504, 49.2%) Females: 3,139, 50.8% (2,586, 50.8%) White: 4,829, 78.1% (4,101, 80.6%) Hispanic: 140, 2.3% (44, 0.9%) Single mothers with children under 18: 92 (65) Owner-occupied housing units: 1,959, 89.9% (1548, 90.2%) Renter-occupied housing units: 221, 10.1% (169, 9.8%) Vacant: 95, 4.2% (41, 2.3%)

Median age: 36.3 (33.8 in 2000) Under 5: 1,206, 6.9% (982, 7.2%) 65 and older: 1,866, 10.7% (1,015, 7.5%) Males: 8,398, 48.3 % (6,656, 49.1%) Females: 9,001, 51.7% (6,890, 50.9%) White: 16,316, 93.8% (13,026, 96.2%) Hispanic: 410, 2.4% (147, 1.1%) Single mothers with children under 18: 546 (368) Owner-occupied housing units: 4,602, 66.3% (3,342, 63.8%) Renter-occupied housing units: 2,339, 33.7% (1,894, 36.2%) Vacant: 282, 3.9% (114, 2.1%)

Median age: 33.6 (34 in 2000) Under 5: 280, 7.9% (202, 6.7%) 65 and older: 446, 12.6% (423, 14%) Males: 1,714, 48.4% (1,510, 50.1%) Females: 1,825, 51.6% (1,503, 49.9%) White: 3,397, 96% (2,932, 97.3%) Hispanic: 69, 1.9% (29, 1%) Single mothers with children under 18: 147 (80) Owner-occupied housing units: 823, 58% (710, 60.7%) Renter-occupied housing units: 595, 42% (459, 39.3%) Vacant: 107, 7% (69, 5.6%)

KEWAUNEE COUNTY

MANITOWOC COUNTY

SUAMICO Population

Population

Population

11,346

20,574

81,442

(8,686 in 2000) Median age: 40.4 (36.2 in 2000) Under 5: 652, 5.7% (656, 7.6%) 65 and older: 936, 8.2% (443, 5.1%) Males: 5,792, 51% (4,462, 51.4%) Females: 5,554,49% (4,224, 48.6%) White: 11,047, 97.4% (8,510, 98%) Hispanic: 112, 1% (54, .06%) Single mothers with children under 18: 153 (85) Owner-occupied housing units: 3,727, 91.1% (2,738, 92.3%) Renter-occupied housing units: 365, 8.9% (228, 7.7%) Vacant: 143, 3.4% (112, 3.6%)

(20,187 IN 2000) Median age: 42.2 (37.5 in 2000) Under 5: 1,172, 5.7% (1,193,5.9%) 65 and older: 3,393, 16.5% (3,077, 15.2%) Males: 10,460, 50.8% (10,126, 50.2%) Females: 10,114, 49.2% (10,061. 49.8%) White: 19,955, 97% (19,897,. 98.6%) Hispanic: 463, 2.3% (153, 0.8%) Single mothers with children under 18: 563 (286) Owner-occupied housing units: 6,631, 80.5% (6,237, 81.8%) Renter-occupied housing units: 1,608, 19.5% (1,386, 18.2%) Vacant: 1,065, 11.4% (598, 7.3%)

(82,887 IN 2000) Median age: 43 (38.3 in 2000) Under 5: 4,550, 5.6% (4,846, 5.8%) 65 and older: 13,714, 16.8% (13,003, 15.7%) Males: 40,489, 49.7% (41,060, 49.5%) Females: 40,953, 50.3% (41,827, 50.5%) White: 76,402, 93.8% (79,485, 95.9%) Hispanic: 2,565, 3.1% (1,343, 1.6%) Single mothers with children under 18: 2,633 (1,546) Owner-occupied housing units: 25,642, 75.4% (24,856, 76%) Renter-occupied housing units: 8,371, 24.6 % (7,865, 24%) Vacant: 3,176, 8.5% (1,930, 5.6%)

Brown County snapshot look at 2010 U.S. census data  

Brown County numbers revealed in the 2010 U.S. census