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Constitutional carry legislation proposed in Wisconsin, likely to pass

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Republican lawmakers are seeking to eliminate "administrative and cost barriers" that currently impede Second Amendment rights in the state. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Lawmakers in Wisconsin proposed constitutional carry legislation Tuesday morning, seeking to land the bill on Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

State Sen. David Craig and Rep. Mary Felzkowski, both Republicans, released the Right to Carry Act, legislation they say simplifies existing laws and and "expands the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a license."

"At its essence, this bill does two things," Sen. Craig said in a press release, "removes barriers to the exercise of a constitutional right and simplifies the law."

"If you decide to carry a weapon to protect yourself or your family, you should be able to do so easily — without bureaucratic hurdles and without cost," he continued.

Lawmakers are seeking to eliminate "administrative and cost barriers" that currently impede Second Amendment rights in the state. In Wisconsin, open carry of a firearm is currently legal without a license. This bill removes the requirement for law-abiding citizens to obtain a concealed carry license in order to better "align" the state's open and concealed carry laws. According to a co-sponsorship memo released Tuesday, if the bill passes, "Law-abiding citizens will have the same right to carry discreetly that they currently have to carry openly."

A Wisconsin Republican operative told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday that the bill is likely to become law. "A third of the entire legislature are already cosponsors — nearly majorities of the GOP caucuses in each house," the source said, concluding, "with big majorities, this should pass."

If that's the case, it will be up to Walker to sign the legislation into law. In 2011, Walker made Wisconsin the 49th state to permit concealed carry after signing legislation on the issue.

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.