Once again, Wisconsin residents are watching the Republican-controlled Legislature square off against the Democratic Governor and the vast majority of the state's citizens on the subject of concealed carry.

A bill allowing concealed carry was passed (again) this year by the Legislature. Even though the NRA...err...

I mean the bill's Republican sponsors actually crafted something marginally citizen-friendly this year, they still built in plenty of protections to make sure the bill is difficult to repeal.
For instance, the state will not be allowed to track crimes committed by those who have concealed carry permits. In addition, the state cannot release the names of those who have concealed carry permits. Even the police cannot learn who has a concealed carry permit except in one instance: a traffic stop. So, if a policeman stops a car on the highway, that officer can learn whether or the owner of the car has a concealed carry permit. If the officer is called to a house for a domestic violence dispute, the officer is forced to walk into the situation blind.

All of this concealment is meant to make it nearly impossible to gauge whether or not people who have concealed carry permits are committing crimes. The logic there is that we won't be able to make that analysis, and hence, it will be nearly impossible to overturn the law once it is passed.

The NRA...err...

I mean the Republican-controlled Legislature did the bidding...err...

I mean their job with the help of some Democrats this year. A bill was passed and sent to Governor Jim Doyle.

As he claimed he would, Doyle vetoed the law. After his veto, he issued a statement explaining his veto that contained this particularly insightful passage:

The bill does not create a single job, help a single Wisconsin citizen afford health care or improve schools for a single Wisconsin child. The Legislature should spend more time trying to get jobs into our communities instead of more guns. From a governor who isn't particularly eloquent that's a nice bit of speechifying.

Unfortunately, it appears that the NRA...err...

I mean the Repulican-controlled Legislature has the votes this year to override Doyle's veto. Last year, the override failed by a single vote. This year, unless something dramatic changes, the override will likely succeed. By this time next year we'll likely have a bunch of vigilantes running wild all over the state and the NRA can set their sights on the three remaining states that don't have concealed carry laws: Kansas, Illinois, and Nebraska.

Damn. That really pisses me off.