Wisconsin: “Fact Checker” Admits Waiting Periods Don’t Cut Violent Crime

posted on April 28, 2015

Following up on a Wisconsin state senator’s remark that “There’s no statistical evidence that [Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases] reduces violence whatsoever,” even Politifact—which commonly exhibits an anti-gun bias—had to admit that Republican Senator Van Wanggaard’s assertion was “mostly true.”

Last week, the Wisconsin Senate voted to pass Van Wanggaard’s bill—which also appears to have the support of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—to end Wisconsin’s waiting period for handgun purchasers. If passed, gun buyers will be able to take possession of their firearms as soon as they’re cleared by the instant check system—just like it is done nearly everywhere else in the United States.

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