Bill would allow districts to prohibit concealed carry in school buildings, but allow folks to carry on grounds

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MADISON -- Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) on Wednesday, January 13th, along with co-author, Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville) unveiled legislation that would allow school districts to prohibit concealed carry within school buildings -- while at the same time, allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on school grounds.

The legislation is in the very early stages -- but already, there are a lot of critics.

"I`m optimistic we can get some traction on it," Lazich said.


Weapons are not allowed on school grounds in the state of Wisconsin.

According to Lazich's office, the "Wisconsin School Zone Empowerment Act" would make Wisconsin’s law compatible with federal law.

The bill provides local control by allowing school districts to prohibit concealed carry within the school buildings, and clarifies the law about concealed carry within a school zone, according to Lazich's office.

Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin)

Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin)

"Persons are inadvertently violating the law and they don`t know it," Lazich said. “The Wisconsin School Zone Empowerment Act is a technical fix to an unintended consequence created by the adoption of the concealed carry law. The bill expresses the intent of the federal Guns Free School Zone law by permitting concealed carry licensees to carry on school grounds. Simultaneously, it grants each school district the authority to establish policy about concealed carry within school buildings."

“This issue was brought to my attention by school administrators and school board members in my district,” said Lazich. “Wisconsin is home to over 242,000 concealed carry licensees. These are well-intentioned individuals licensed by the state to carry a weapon. This bill clarifies the duties of concealed carry licensees, while allowing school districts to create policies within school buildings.”

Gun rights advocates say they have been waiting for legislation like this.

Nik Clark with Wisconsin Carry

Nik Clark with Wisconsin Carry

"If you follow the letter of the law, you have to stop outside of school grounds, get out of your vehicle, unholster and unload your gun and put it in the case," Nik Clark with Wisconsin Carry said. "We`re looking to insulate, moms, dads, uncles, grandparents who pick up kids, from accidentally committing a felony."

Critics are crying foul.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

"This is insane," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

Mayor Barrett calls the proposal bad for school safety.

"I do not want to have guns at any event that involves children on school premises," Mayor Barrett said.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Thursday, January 14th while he supports the bill, he doubts it will advance during this legislative session because "it's not a priority at all" to the Republican caucus.

“It’s been introduced incredibly late in the session. Of course I support the right of legal law abiding gun owners to be able to have a legally owed weapon – I have no problem with that. But we haven’t really had a discussion inside of our caucus. And quite frankly, as I have traveled around the state and been home in my own district, there haven’t been a lot of people who have asked me for this, just as I said about campus carry. I support the bill,  but it’s not a high priority for Republicans. In fact, it’s not a priority at all, but I would definitely be open to the discussion in our caucus and we’ll see where it goes," Vos said.

READ IT: Wisconsin School Zone Empowerment Act


  • DAn

    Oh Great! Well guess where the armed maniac is going to go to shoot people.In Gun free school zones where he knows nobody is armed and able to defend themselves.I swear these law makes want bad things to happen to us and our children.You go to where they work though.There is all kinds of armed security.But are kids in their government ran schools.Nothing.Just let the killers in and have their way.If your not going to allow citezens to protect themselves in schools then they need to hire armed security to do it.Don’t just leave us like sitting ducks for the next killer to come along and have their way with us

  • DAn

    Those who break the law and want to hurt our children are going to ignore gun free zone laws.Leaving our children helpless, against an attacker.Most of the mass shootings have occurred in Gun free zones.If we truly want to protect our children.Hired Armed security is the most sure fire way. President Obama’s children are protected by armed security.>if it’s good enough for his kids our kids deserve that same protection.His children are no more important then our children.Just passing a law and putting up signs will not stop a deranged Killer.If it is known that schools have armed security.These attackers will not go to the schools.They will know that there are trained proffessionals there that will be able to stop them.It’s sad that it has come to this.But that’s the way it is.I worry about my Grand daughter in public schools.But if there were armed security there to protect her> I would worry Less

  • Jason

    “CITIZEN VICTORY” as a student who goes to a Milwaukee Public School, Im telling you a person whos been trained and licnesed is better off to protect your kid than these ‘security guards’ who do nothing and have no way of defense. The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. A sign wont stop people from bringing drugs into school, neither will a gun-free zone. You do something with intentions, not see a sign and obey it.

  • andy g

    It’s about time we the people would be able to defend ourself, and our children if it were needed. It sickens me to no end that idiots like bend bend over barrett, want people to sit by and watch, or run when we see children being shot.
    Now that would be insane.

  • Opinion8d

    @Citizen Victory – this give the LOCAL communities the choice! Do you not understand the difference?? If a community wants it, it’s up to them, but it’s not a law that say guns can be brought to schools. However, you would be the one on crack, if you think that some sign or law is going to keep the kids or school safe.

  • Common Sense

    Citizen Douse bag,
    As a licensed Conceal Carry law abiding citizen, I would be more that happy to NOT assist you when some criminal sticks his illegal handgun in your face. I visit you at your funeral. Have a good day!


    Actually you’re completely wrong about several things, but I’ll pick one. The law clearly states that you can obviously defend yourself with deadly force against an imminent threat of deadly force. It also clearly states that if a third party, let’s say you, are also facing an imminent threat of deadly force for which you could legally defend yourself against, but lack the means or opportunity, then I can use deadly force to defend you. So ya, brush up on your laws before you rant. And so much for the wild west bloodbath we’ve all been warned about. 50 states and 0 bloodbaths due to CCW holders.

  • educated one

    HELLO!! Did you get your CCW training? You can’t do anything to the person with the hand gun because they aren’t threatening your life? Plus what if the gun is fake? SMH, horrible.

    Really and your argument is ….

  • educated one

    Feel free to leave the USA anytime if you do not like our Constitution or the Second Amendment…

    Perhaps YOU want to see more senseless mass killings in GFZ…

  • educated one

    I only count FOUR comments above this not 11 as posted.
    My bet is that FOX6 Getting a bit to touchy that the truth hurts???
    I think FOX6 needs to rename themselves Leftist6…
    Just my censored $.02

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