Thank you for the common-sense editorial, “Training should be required to carry weapons in public.” On Sept. 20, I emailed my concerns to my elected representatives. I appreciated their prompt reply. Sen. Van Wanggaard wrote that his position on firearms has not changed and he is proud of the work he did to amend Senate Bill 169, and of his vote to advance it from the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. (Note: it advanced on a 3-2 vote — it was not unanimous). Both Sen. Wanggaard and Rep. Robin Vos thanked me for sharing my concerns.
Currently there is a difference between laws regarding open carry and concealed carry. Amazingly, open carry is allowed with no training or permit. Concealed carry was passed in 2011 with the promise to require training and permit (which Senate Bill 169 proposes to now eliminate).
It is dangerous to bring concealed carry requirements down to the level of no standards that exists for open carry. Instead, open carry should be raised to the current concealed carry standards of requiring basic firearm safety training and a permit. That is reasonable.