Bill would require businesses lock up firearms when unattended

Bill would require businesses lock up firearms when unattended

A bill that would require retail businesses that sell firearms to lock up all firearms when the business is closed has been proposed in response to a gun shop burglary in Cross Plains last week , officials said.

Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, introduced the bill Wednesday that would require retail businesses that sell firearms to lock all firearms in a secured safe or steel gun cabinet or on a secured rod or cable when the business is unattended.

The legislation comes after a gun shop was burglarized last week. The burglar drove a stolen car through the front window of a Cross Plains gun shop and took several firearms.

“I was shocked by the ease with which these criminals were able to steal multiple unsecured firearms. As a result, these guns are now out on the streets posing a danger to the community,” Subeck in a release. “The legislation I am introducing today will make it harder for criminals to get their hands dangerous weapons by ensuring they are stored safely and securely after hours where they are sold.”

These measures would prevent criminals who break into a gun shop from simply walking off without impediment with as many handguns and rifles they can carry, Subeck said.

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