Wisconsin's new concealed carry law will take effect on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Wisconsin businesses that take no action will by default allow concealed weapons to be carried by their employees, vendors and customers on their premises.
If business owners choose to prohibit concealed weapons, they must post a conspicuous notice (at least 5 inches by 7 inches) near the entrances to the building, stating that carrying concealed weapons is prohibited.
Employers also will need to expressly inform their employees in writing that weapons are prohibited.
Except for military or law enforcement personnel, an individual is only authorized to carry a concealed weapon if he or she obtains a "CCW license" by completing an application through the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The law was written with a legal incentive to encourage businesses to allow concealed weapons to be carried. Businesses that impose restrictions on weapons will forfeit the state's legal shield of immunity from the consequences of that decision. A business that does not prohibit an individual from carrying a concealed weapon on premises is immune from any liability arising from that decision.
An employer can prohibit employees from carrying concealed weapons on the job (whether on or off the employer's premises), but may not prohibit the employee with a CCW license from carrying or storing a weapon or ammunition in the employee's own vehicle, even if the vehicle is used in the course of employment or is parked on the employer's property.
Meanwhile, the issue of concealed carry in the capitol building in Madison is still being sorted out by the very lawmakers who enacted the law.
A hodgepodge of restrictions is emerging in the Capitol. The assembly, led by Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon), plans to allow concealed weapons to be carried on the assembly floor and in the assembly viewing galleries. The assembly is waiting today for an overall Capitol policy from Gov. Scott Walker's Department of Administration…Read more...