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Gun shop lock up bill gets committee hearing

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A public hearing was held at the capitol Wednesday that would require gun shops to lock up their firearms after hours. The legislation comes after the town of Oregon had 17 firearms stolen during a burglary.

Bill sponsor Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) is pleased her republican colleagues gave her the chance at a public hearing on this issue.

The proposal would require gun shop owner to purchase mechanisms to lock up their inventory once they lock up shop. Things like putting firearms in locked cabinets or safes with cable locks.

While most support the idea to get illegal guns off the streets, some owners are concerned with the costs that would come along with it.

With only a few session days remaining for lawmakers to take up bills Rep. Subeck says if it doesn't pass the conversation can continue to push for the measure next year.    

“Just figure out how to make this bill better and how we can make this work for everybody and ultimately republican or democrat you want safe communities,” Subeck said.

CTR firearms from Janesville testified before the committee in favor of the bill after experiencing a break in last month.

Rep. Subeck says the Dane County Sheriff's department is also in favor of the bill and hopes the committee will be a learning experience to tweak the bill to get more support in the future.

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