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Concealed carry bill passed with permits, training

The gun found in the suspect's vehicle.
The rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, WI
The gun found in the suspect's vehicle.

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – Gunholders would be required to get a permit and go through training under a concealed carry bill passed by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee today.

The 12-4 vote came on party lines with Republicans supporting the measure and Democrats opposing it.

The vote also deals a blow to supporters of constitutional carry who do not agree with a permit system and say requiring training could be too costly for those who need the guns the most.

Under the measure, the Justice Department would keep a data-base of permit-holders. And police agencies could gain access to it, to determine if a permit is valid – and to gauge the possibility of whether the motorists they stop are packing hidden heat.