Legislation to Allow Concealed Carry on School Grounds Introduced

Assembly Bill 846 relating to allowing persons with a license to carry a concealed weapon to possess firearms on school grounds was introduced this week by state Rep. Robert Brooks (R-Saukville).  Based on resolutions approved by the Delegate Assembly, the WASB is opposed to this bill.

WASB Resolution 6.11 Weapon Possession (b) states:

The WASB supports safe learning environments for all children, free of guns and other weapons. Further, the WASB opposes any initiatives at the state or federal level that would legalize any further ability for anyone, with the exception of sworn law enforcement officers, to bring a weapon or possess a weapon, concealed or otherwise, in school zones or lessen the consequences for violation of existing safe school policies relating to guns and other weapons. (2004- 18)(2014-15)

Public sentiment appears to be aligned with the WASB’s position. The most recent Marquette Law School poll included the following questions:

The bill has been referred to the Assembly State Affairs and Government Operations Committee chaired by state Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander).  When contacted by WASB, the committee clerk said a decision on whether to hold a public hearing on the bill in the waning days of the legislative session has not been made yet.  WASB will update you here on any developments.