Wisconsin panel reschedules hearing on weapons training

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A legislative committee has postponed a hearing on complaints about training requirements in Wisconsin’s new concealed carry rules.

The joint rules committee was originally set to meet Wednesday morning, but committee leaders postponed the proceeding after an all-night Assembly debate on college grants for minorities. They rescheduled the hearing for Monday morning.

Wisconsin’s concealed carry law went into effect Tuesday. The National Rifle Association, though, has balked at rules the state Justice Department crafted to implement the law, taking issue specifically with a DOJ mandate that permit applicants get at least four hours of firearms training.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has countered his agency had to define training somehow. GOP lawmakers still have asked the rules committee to delete the four-hour requirement.