State Senate removes gun waiting period

The Republican-led Wisconsin state Senate passed a bill to eliminate the 48-hour mandatory waiting period for handgun purchases that has been on the books since 1976.

Democrats argued that by doing so, guns would now be easily and quickly acquired by those with nefarious intent. But Republicans countered, saying the old laws were initially established when background checks had to be conducted by hand. Computers can now, they say, check a person’s background in a few hours, if not instantaneously.

Waiting periods are currently required in 10 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.