MADISON (WKOW) -- Permanent rules for Wisconsin's concealed carry weapons training won't be in place until 2013.
But, Wisconsin Department of Justice officials say that won't keep people from getting their permits.
WISDOJ released the proposed permanent rules for concealed carry training earlier this month, but the full legislature doesn't appear to be in any hurry to establish them until they go back into session next January.
For the final time Thursday morning, the Joint Legislative Rules Committee voted to extend the emergency rules for concealed carry training for another 60 days.
"Now the issue is, this extends us through the middle of December if you do the math, so at that point we can't do another extension, so they're gonna have to figure something out," said Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Chairman of the JRC. "Either the Senate is gonna have to act on this, the Assembly is gonna have to act on this, or they're gonna have to issue another emergency rule."
The latter of those options appears most likely.
It is another delay of the permanent rules, which WISDOJ spent the summer taking input on at a number of public hearings around the state.
"The good point is that the agency is putting a lot of thought and effort into the permanent rule and of course in the process between the point that the emergency rule was first promulgated and the putting forth of the permanent rule," said Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon), also a member of the JRC.
The proposed permanent rules include some new provisions.
Instructor-led training classes would be limited to 50 students for every one instructor present.
The training itself would require instructors to cover the issue of deadly force and how to avoid and control violent situations.
But, most of the proposed permanent rules are similar to what's already in place temporarily.
"The way that the law was written, it didn't offer a lot of wiggle room for how the rules can affect that, and that was one of the things that this committee has bumped up on, is they were very clear about what you can and can't have in these rules," said Sen. Larson.
WISDOJ emphasized that the proposed changes to the training courses would not affect hunter safety as an acceptable form of proof of training.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin will not have permanent rules on concealed carry weapons training until 2013.
The proposed permanent rules are written, but the Legislature still has to approve them and neither the Senate nor the Assembly will take that action until the next session begins in January.
On Thursday, the Joint Legislative Rules Committee passed another 60-day extension of the emergency rules for concealed carry training, which have been in place since November 1, 2011.
The Department of Justice held a number of public hearings over the summer to get input on what the proposed permanent rules should include.
Those rules were released for review on September 5, but there doesn't appear to be any sense of urgency from legislative leaders to get them passed.
Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is following this story and will have live reports on 27 News at 5 and 6.
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