Wisconsin Bill Would Allow Campus Carry

In Wisconsin, Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) have released the Campus Carry Act, a bill that would allow students and faculty to carry concealed firearms in buildings on public college campuses.

Wisconsin’s concealed carry law currently allows the University of Wisconsin System and technical colleges the ability to ban concealed weapons in campus buildings. Such a prohibition requires that permit holders disarm prior to leaving home or a vehicle.

UW-Madison is one campus that has posted signs at every entrance to every campus building that legal, concealed-carry sidearms are prohibited inside.

“Allowing our public campuses to ban concealed weapons in buildings puts our students at greater risk of becoming victims of crime,” Kremer said. “Many students walk to and from class in the early morning or late evening, often through high-crime areas. Current law requires that they be unarmed. The Campus Carry Act will ensure that our students are no longer denied the right to defend themselves.”

Rep. Kremer added, “As a legislature, we are regularly challenged to take on the issue of violent crime in certain areas of our state. The Campus Carry Act offers a common-sense solution to this problem by addressing both violent crime prevention and personal protection. It is our hope that with this legislation, we can see a decrease in violent crime on and around our public campuses.”