Madison mayor blasts Republican plan to lower concealed carry age in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway on Thursday blasted a proposal from Republican lawmakers that would lower the minimum age to carry a concealed weapon.

The proposal is one of several bills Assembly Republicans passed last week. It would lower the minimum age for a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18, even though federal law blocks those under 21 from buying guns from licensed dealers.

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Rhodes-Conway spoke against the bill during her biweekly news conference.

“Who thinks this is a good idea? It would allow the possession of a firearm in a vehicle on school grounds. Another (bill) would allow the possession of a firearm in a place of worship or on the grounds of private schools, and another one broadens who can get out-of-state licenses to carry a concealed weapon,” she said.

The mayor also discussed the city’s need for crossing guards and the decrease in COVID-19 cases in the city. While cases are down, the surge is still ongoing, she said.