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New effort seeks to allow openly carrying guns near schools

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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

There's a new effort to expand the number of places in Wisconsin where you can openly carry a gun.

A group called Operation CarryLand has an online petition urging the Legislature to repeal the law against open weapons near schools.

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Right now, it's a felony to openly carry a weapon - either personally or in a vehicle - within 1,000 feet of school property.

Group spokesman Nik Clark of New Berlin says criminals are ignoring the law as evidenced by the large number of gun crimes in Milwaukee that take place close to schools.

As a result, Clark says licensed, law-abiding gun owners don't have the right to protect themselves.

But gun control advocates say a change will not improve public safety.

Jeri Bonavia of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort says "more guns in more places leads to more danger and more gun deaths."

About 700 people have signed the online petition to end the state law against only guns near schools.

They're hoping to either find a lawmaker to sponsor the measure or challenge the current restriction in court.

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