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Bill amendment seeks to allow concealed carry in public schools

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites with concealed weapons' permits could carry hidden heat in public schools, under an amendment to a bill that's up for a committee vote Thursday. 

Assembly Republican Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc admits he does not have the votes to get his idea passed -- but he wants people to start talking about the bigger issue of school safety. 

Kleefisch says schools need armed adults who can fight back when there's an assault or other physical crime. So he wants the Assembly Criminal Justice Committee to vote on his amendment, as part of a bill to let retired police officers and out of state police carry concealed weapons into all buildings where they're currently not allowed -- including schools. 

Milwaukee Democrat Evan Goyke is a member of the criminal justice panel. He calls the Kleefisch amendment "terrible," "dangerous and unnecessary."

Goyke says there would be no way for school officials to know who's armed and who isn't. He also says anyone can cross the line, no matter good people's intentions are. 

The Kleefisch measure would allow all of Wisconsin's 203,000 concealed weapons' permit holders to bring guns to school.