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What Should You Know About The Wisconsin Conceal Carry Law?

A number of people in the community have been asking Caledonia Police about the recently passed conceal carry law. So we're doing a series of videos on what you need to know.

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Gun-owners wanting to conceal carry have been asking about the new law, which goes into effect on Nov. 1. We're kicking off a video series about the law. If you have any questions, feel freel to email denise.lockwood@patch.com and we'll get the answers you need.

Here are a few facts and resources:

  • The Wisconsin Department of Justice will publish a fact page on Aug. 1.
  • Applications for the conceal carry license will be accepted starting Nov. 1.

The new law:

  • creates a licensing system under which an individual is permitted to carry a concealed weapon.
  • makes changes in Wisconsin law to account for a federal law that requires the state to permit an individual who works as or who formerly worked as a federal, state, tribal, or local law enforcement officer in Wisconsin or in any other state to carry a concealed firearm.
  • makes changes to laws regulating firearms and other weapons.

What areas are prohibited areas to conceal carry or even open carry a gun?

Public buildings, this includes jails, police stations, government buildings that screen for weapons, a gun cannot be concealed carry beyond airport security checkpoints.

Also, the bill states:

“A business owner or person in his or her own home may prohibit a licensee from carrying a concealed weapon into the business or home, an employer generally may prohibit an employee from carrying a concealed weapon in the course of the employee's employment, and the state or a local governmental unit may prohibit a licensee from carrying a firearm into a building that is owned, occupied, or controlled by the state or the local governmental unit.”

Brian Carlson November 08, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Someone said that everyone has a right to defend themselves. Further, that we don't need more police to do defend us. I dont want to be around that person when he or she is "defending" themselves. I dont really trust their training to be sufficient to qualify to be "safe" in public in a gun battle. Are people joking? Do they think its easy to as much as hit someone in a crisis situation when threatened or shot at...let alone hit them accurately enough to stop the gunfire? Further...are these good citizens going to assure us that they are concerned about the bystanders as well..that while they are defending their rights...they are also honoring our right not to be shot when they miss who they are shooting at? My god...its like listening to a bunch of school age boys ramped up on some violent film they have just seen. I wish some people with personal experience in urban combat would speak up and enlighten us just as to how intelligent it is to have everyone armed.
Bob McBride November 08, 2011 at 12:45 PM
We've got....what is it...48 or 49 other states that have had this law on the books prior to Wisconsin. Has anyone really bothered to look at them for answers to any of these questions? Surely if the law resulted in an increase in innocent bystanders being picked off unintentionally, gun battles breaking out between irate helicopter parents at soccer matches or any of a number of things one might speculate about, there'd be some sort of evidence to point to somewhere, would there not? For that matter, how many folks actually end up packing a gun after the passage of such a law? I mean, it's not like the government is handing out free guns and insisting everyone be armed as a part of the law. I'm no big fan of guns, but I don't for a minute believe they're not already out there being carried by folks who have little disregard for not only the law, but human life as a whole. I also don't believe we're automatically going to be turning into the Wild West as a result of this law, if we're the last state to pass it and it hasn't happened (to my knowledge) in any other state prior to this.
angel montero November 15, 2011 at 05:13 PM
because the crooks are already armed and this will give me a chance to defend myself and my family, to keep me from being victimized.
angel montero November 15, 2011 at 05:17 PM
remember, the police can't always protect you. they are to busy.

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