A bi-partisan (although barely) bill has been introduced in the Wisconsin legislature that could impact the current concealed carry law.  As it was introduced:

 Under current law, a law enforcement officer or a former law enforcement officer may go armed with (carry) a concealed weapon if he or she has a license issued by the Department of Justice or if he or she carries a photographic identification issued by the law enforcement agency that employs or, in the case of a former law enforcement officer, employed, him or her and meets other qualifications such as meeting any standards established by the agency to carry a firearm, not being under the influence of an intoxicant, and not carrying a machine gun or a firearm silencer.  Federal law explicitly preempts any state law prohibiting a qualified law enforcement officer or a qualified former law enforcement officer from carrying a concealed firearm, but federal law allows a state to permit private persons to prohibit the possession of concealed firearms on their property and to prohibit firearms on any state or local government property, installation, building, base, or park.  Current state law prohibits a licensee from carrying a firearm on school grounds and on certain posted private properties.  This bill exempts from these prohibitions law enforcement officers who are acting in their official capacity (who are currently exempt only from the prohibition against carrying on school grounds); qualified law enforcement officers, without regard to whether they are on duty; and qualified former law enforcement officers.

The proposal can be found here.

In short, it would allow a law enforcement officer, whether they were on duty or not, to carry a concealed weapon on a property even if it was posted that weapons were prohibited. On the surface this is good, but shouldn’t a private business owner have the ability to disallow firearms on their property?  This bill doesn’t mention that a law enforcement officer can enter the property if they see an unlawful act occurring, it would apply to anytime they felt like it.

Several representatives and state senators have attached their name to the bill, specifically Representatives Kleefisch, Danou, Jacque, Mursau, Stroebel, Bernier, Born, Swearingen, A. Ott, Brooks, Tranel, Nerison, Bies, Weatherston, Kaufert, Thiesfeldt, Jagler, Schraa, T. Larson, Knodl and Czaja, cosponsored by Senators Gudex, Taylor and Kedzie. I have provided their office numbers below if you wish to contact them.

Two amendments have been offered by Representative Kleefisch but the way state law works they can be a bit hard to follow because of language such as Page 2, line 3: delete “, 3., and 5.” and substitute “and 4.”.

ASSEMBLY AMENDMENT 1

ASSEMBLY AMENDMENT 2

The meat of Amendment 1 is the following: “A licensee or an out-of-state licensee may carry a concealed weapon anywhere in this state except as provided under subs. (15m) and (16) and ss. 6s. 943.13 (1m) (c) and 948.605 (2) (b) 1r.” The strikethrough is the key to this amendment because 948.605 (2) is the state statute regarding possession of a firearm in a school zone.  It will be interesting to see if this holds up as the bill progresses. After Sandy Hook and other school shootings the anti-gun crowd will go nuts if a bill like that comes up for a vote.

Amendment 2 applies the law to a law enforcement officer, a qualified out-of-state officer, or a former officer. I’m all for law enforcement officials for entering a property if they see a situation taking place, but a former officer should have no more rights than a lawful CCW permit holder.

I suggest you contact your elected officials and see where they stand on this bill and the proposed amendments.  Here are the office numbers for those who have attached their name to this bill.  As you can see, many Republican Representatives are supporting this so far.

Representatives Office Phone #
Bernier, Kathleen (R) (608) 266-9172
Bies, Garey (R)
(608) 266-5350
Born, Mark (R ) (608) 266-2540
Brooks, Edward (R ) (608) 266-8531
Czaja, Mary (R ) (608) 266-7694
Danou, Chris (D) (608) 266-7015
Jacque, André (R) (608) 266-9870
Jagler, John (R ) (608) 266-9650
Kaufert, Dean (R ) (608) 266-5719
Kleefisch,   Joel (R)
(608) 266-8551
Knodl, Daniel (R ) (608) 266-3796
Larson, Thomas (R ) (608) 266-1194
Mursau, Jeffrey (R ) (608) 266-3780
Nerison, Lee (R ) (608) 266-3534
Ott, Alvin (R) (608) 266-5831
Schraa, Michael (R ) (608) 267-7990
Stroebel, Duey (R ) (608) 267-2369
Swearingen, Rob (R ) (608) 266-7141
Thiesfeldt, Jeremy (R ) (608) 266-3156
Tranel, Travis (R ) (608) 266-1170
Weatherston, Thomas (R ) (608) 266-0731
Senators Office Phone #
Gudex, Richard (R ) (608) 266-5300
Kedzie, Neal (R ) (608) 266-2635
Taylor, Lena (D) (608) 266-5810