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Assembly won't vote on guns-in-school bill

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  It appears that Wisconsinites will not have police, teachers, or anyone else carrying guns at school. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' office said yesterday that the lower house would not vote on a bill to let retired, off-duty, and out-of-state police officers carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin public school grounds.

Vos spokeswoman Kit Beyer did not say why the Assembly won't vote on it. The announcement came after Oconomowoc Republican Joel Kleefisch said he would trigger a debate on guns-in-schools. He proposed an amendment to let any of the state's 203,000 concealed weapon permit-holders carry hidden heat on school grounds. Kleefisch chairs the Assembly Criminal Justice Committee. He was planning to have the panel vote today on the original bill and his amendment. Kleefisch said he did not have the votes to let adults carry concealed guns at school, but he said the issue deserved a debate.

Groups that represent Wisconsin school boards and administrators registered against the amendment, as did the city of Milwaukee. John Forester of the School Administrators' Alliance said he doesn't hear a lot of parents clamoring for guns in schools.

The state Justice Department and a half-dozen law enforcement groups came out in support of letting certain officers carry hidden guns in schools. The Justice Department did not respond to letting others do the same.