OCONOMOWOC (WITI) -- A Waukesha County school district has suspended one of its workers because she had a stun gun in her car on school grounds. The employee could now face criminal charges too. Now, gun rights activists are using this case as an example in their push for a change in state law.
Oconomowoc police say on January 21st, officers went to the high school after a school employee told authorities a co-worker had a weapon on the property. We are not naming the employee because she has not been charged.
Police say the worker told officers she kept a stun gun in her car's glove compartment, which police found when they escorted the woman to her car. She now faces a potential charge of "possessing a dangerous weapon other than a firearm on school property."
"A lot of people are unaware that you're not allowed to, even if you're a 'conceal and carry' license holder, you're not allowed to have a gun in your vehicle if it's on school property, even in the school parking lot," said Nik Clark, president of Wisconsin Carry.
Clark says the woman should be protected under the state's conceal and carry law, which covers stun guns. The problem, Clark says, is that Wisconsin has not updated its gun-free school zone law.
The state law reads that it 'does not apply' to anyone in accordance with certain sections of the federal version. Clark says the state law should not include Section 2 of the federal law, which applies to those who have a conceal and carry license in the state in which the school is located. And in this case, Clark thinks stun guns should be covered too.
"It seems to me they would be treated as one in the same," said Clark.
In a statement, the school district said the following:
"A district employee has been placed on administrative leave while the district completes an internal investigation. The individual was in possession of an electronic stun gun, which in Wisconsin, is recognized as a dangerous weapon on school grounds."
The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office says this case is under review. The charge is a misdemeanor. It's a felony to illegally possess an actual firearm on school grounds.