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Friday, April 10, 2015

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Walker aims to repeal 48-hour waiting period for handguns

Scott Walker's political operation said today he would sign legislation to repeal a 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases as the guv told the NRA's national convention "it's about time" the country had a president who understood defending the Second Amendment was "not optional."

Meanwhile, Dems questioned Walker's authenticity on gun rights, pointing to a 2002 concealed carry bill that he opposed.

GOP lawmakers have introduced legislation that would let federally licensed firearms dealers transfer a firearm once they have received notice from the state Department of Justice that the purchaser is eligible to own a gun.

Walker's Our American Revival highlighted his support for the bill on a list it called his Second Amendment record, which was sent out shortly before Walker addressed the NRA crowd in Nashville.

In his Nashville speech, the guv said he sometimes thinks Barack Obama forgot he took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

"Well, Mr. President, last time I checked, the Second Amendment is part of that Constitution," Walker said, adding, "You don't get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution you like and which parts you don't."

Walker told the crowd his support of Second Amendment rights was about protecting freedom.

The guv then launched into sections of his standard stump speech, accusing the president of wanting to grow the economy by growing Washington, D.C., and measuring success by the number of people who are dependent on the government.

But he also talked not of national security, but safety, saying national security is something one reads about on page seven of the paper while safety is "something you feel."

Walker also again took a jab at the president's handling of foreign policy. Earlier in the week, Obama suggested the guv should "bone up" on the topic after Walker said he would end any nuclear deal with Iraq on the day he took office if elected president.

He mocked Obama's comments that ISIS is the JV squad and Yemen is a success, saying the U.S. needs a president who will look Americans in the eye and declare radical Islamic terrorism is a threat and do something about it. He also said the country needs a leader who will take the fight to terrorists before they bring it to American shores.

"We need a leader in this country who will once and for all say that Israel is an ally and start acting like it," said Walker, who deviated significantly from his prepared remarks.

Walker talked up his A-plus rating as guv from the NRA, saying he wore it as a badge of honor, though some on the left considered it a "scarlet letter."

Still, One Wisconsin Now pointed to a 2002 vote in which Walker opposed a concealed carry bill, Assembly Bill 675. He was one of several Republicans who voted against the bill in February 2002 as it passed the Assembly 58-40. It cleared a Senate committee, but failed to pass before lawmakers adjourned. Walker won a special election in April 2002 to become Milwaukee County exec.

Walker's political operation did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

RELATED LINKS:
- See more on AB 675

- See the roll call

- Read Walker's prepared remarks

- Watch the speech

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