Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills into law Wednesday that expand gun rights in his state amid a national Democratic outcry for more gun safety measures.
One bill removes the 48-hour waiting period for people who want to purchase a gun, while the other bill allows off-duty police officers to carry a concealed weapon on public school grounds, according to The Hill.
However, Walker’s office did emphasize that the two bill signings had ben announced weeks ago, before the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina last week sent the nation into a heated debate about gun laws.
Walker, who is expected to enter the presidential race sometime next month, has been one of the National Rifle Association’s favorite Republicans. He currently gets an “A+” from the NRA.
“Based on his leadership on Second Amendment issues, Walker has earned an ‘A+’ rating from the NRA-PVF in the 2014 general election,” The NRA’s Political Victory Fund wrote last year. ” An ‘A+’ is the highest possible rating and is reserved for elected officials with an excellent public record on critical NRA issues who have also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.”
That A+ also helped land Walker $815,660 in political contribution from the NRA’s corporate arms in his 2012 race, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Walker had previously earned praise from the NRA for signing Wisconsin’s first concealed-carry bill, and for his efforts in passing the “castle doctrine” which protects homeowners who shoot intruders.
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