I noticed that there is a proposed concealed carry ban on the agenda for tomorrow (9/29).
I plan on attending the meeting. I was wondering if there is a proposed ordinance I can see before then?
Many municipalities have considered a ban on firearms in government buildings. As a person who usually carries, I would urge the city to not post their buildings.
Here are some points:
1. Laws only affect the law abiding. If you post, the only people who it will stop from carrying into the building are people like me. The people who you worry about, bent on mayhem, will carry in violation of the law/sign.
2. If the city posts, they will NOT be granted the immunity as stated in 175.60(21)(b) "A person that does not prohibit an individual from carrying a concealed weapon on property that the person owns or occupies is immune from any liability arising from its decision". So, let's say Elkhorn posts, someone come in and commits a crime with a handgun. You would not be immune. If, on the other hand, you DO NOT post and someone comes in to do harm with a firearm, you would be immune.
3. Making me store my gun in my car while I'm in the government building will just expose it to theft. If it is secure in my holster, someone can't steal it.
4. The state law already precludes me and other law abiding people (law breakers will carry wherever they want) from carrying INSIDE the police department and inside a court room.
5. If you do NOT post, the only people who will be carrying inside government buildings would be people who have gone through the training and background check to qualify for a permit from the state of WI.
Here is a story from the Village of Sturtevant: http://www.wisn.com/news/29258306/detail.html
Notice the comments from the Chief of Police.
As some side notes, current city ordinances will need to be fixed by 11/1 to be brought into compliance with state preemption laws 66.0409.
Specifically, 9.02, 9.025, 9.045 (a,b,e,f,i,k), 19.01.11(a).
If you wish, I can give you the specifics as to what parts of each of those are not compliant.
Thanks for your attention.
Paul L Fisher