Concealed carry law has dangerous loophole
Rob Koebel reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
WEST ALLIS- The I-Team has been looking into the new concealed carry law and they found a loophole that could be dangerous.
Not only is there a loophole, but the I-Team discovered many people may be misinterpreting the law.
That misunderstanding may leave gun owners thinking they are in the right, when they're actually breaking the law.
Gun owner: "It's my right and if I don't practice my right who will?"
That's the mindset of many gun owners.
Gun owner: "It's nice I like collecting guns. I like cleaning guns. I like shooting guns."
Gun owner: "It's a great stress reliever it's better than drinking a beer."
With the new law now in effect in Wisconsin, thousands are waiting to legally conceal and carry. And there's a loophole in the system.
Here's how it works. Wisconsin outlined its own training guidelines for a conceal carry license. But that doesn't mean you have to be trained in the state.
Eric Grabowski at the Shooter's Shop in West Allis told TODAY'S TMJ4, "A non-resident permit can be utilized to get a Wisconsin permit. So they are kind of taking a backdoor in there but yet they have no education what so ever regarding Wisconsin law on use of force"
If you got your permit in another state without hands on it shouldn't apply in Wisconsin.
Different states have different rules and some even allow online gun training. No time at the range required.
"Everybody is looking for the easy way in," said Grabowski, who is a trainer at the Shooter's Shop.
He's been around guns for years and fears some gun owners may think getting a concealed weapons license is easier than it really is.
"Because of the way the bill was written. It does say if you have a current or expired concealed weapons permit from another state that it satisfies the state requirements. And it shouldn't be that way," says Grabowski.
It satisfies the state requirements but that doesn't mean you automatically can conceal and carry here in Wisconsin - you still need to apply. That's the misunderstanding that could leave many carrying illegally in the state.
Grabowski adds, "They are not only a danger to others but themselves."