Tonight at Lizzie's we had a discussion about how an average citizen could carry in a courthouse.
For a municipal court, it's legal as long as the person is a licensee (it's a taxpayer-owned building) & court is not in session.
[See 175.60 (16) (7).]
For other courts, our disagreement centered on whether or not someone has to be a licensee in order for the judge to give permission to carry (in a non-municipal courtroom).
One group says the judge can do whatever s/he wants - give oral permission to anyone to possess during a trial or otherwise, whether or not that person is a licensee, & this is essentially what is done when people handle exhibits during a trial.
The other says the law requires an average person in possession of a firearm in a courthouse to first be a licensee, then also have written permission from a judge, & anyone without a license and permission is committing a crime.
Here's the part of the licensing law which applies to courts:
Can someone please find & post a link to (citation from) statutes &/or rulings about judicial powers relating to this topic?175.60 (16) Prohibited activity.
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), neither a licensee nor an out-of-state licensee may knowingly carry a concealed weapon, a weapon that is not concealed, or a firearm that is not a weapon in any of the following places:
6. Any portion of a building that is a county, state, or federal courthouse.
(b) The prohibitions under par. (a) do not apply to any of the following:
2. A weapon in a courthouse or courtroom ... if another licensee or out-of-state licensee, whom a judge has permitted in writing to carry a weapon, is carrying the weapon.
175.60 (17) (b) Any person who violates sub. (16) may be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days or both.
I've been searching http://legis.wisconsin.gov/RSB/STATS.HTML for a couple hours now & have had no success.