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Proposal would ban concealed carry at gas stations


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Concealed weapons would not be allowed in Wisconsin gas stations, under a bill proposed by a Milwaukee state Assembly Democrat.

Josh Zepnick says he represents many gas station owners, employees, and customers who have been victims of violent crime around convenience stores. And he’s been to two funerals of gas station workers killed on the job.

Zepnick says convenience store crime has escalated in Milwaukee, due to the economy and the ease of getting in and out of such businesses. But Zepnick tells the Journal Sentinel he doubts his bill will pass, as long as majority Republicans show more of an interest in expanding gun rights than restricting them.

The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association has not commented on the bill.

Zepnick said he asked the group for input – but he said it did not ask for the measure.

Gas stations would be added to other places where hidden weapons are automatically banned for those with state permits under the new concealed carry law. They include schools, courthouses, and prisons.