Committee Vote Scheduled on Right-to-Carry Bill With Implications for Schools

A state Senate committee vote has been scheduled for Tuesday (Sept. 19) on a bill — Senate Bill 169 — that, as introduced, would repeal Wisconsin’s state “gun-free school zones” statute.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety included the SB 169, also known as the permit-less carry bill, as the final item in its public notice of an executive session (i.e., a committee vote on the bill) for Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 411 South, State Capitol.

At a public hearing on May 31, the WASB testified in opposition to the bill as introduced.  As outlined in our testimony, the WASB’s position was based on resolutions voted on by school board members via our annual Delegate Assembly.

In early June, Gov. Walker told the Wisconsin State Journal  he supports current law and continuing to require Wisconsin residents to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons.

It is anticipated that the bill, authored by Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), will be substantially amended when the committee takes it up on Tuesday; however, no amendments have been introduced as of this writing. (See the legislative webpage on this bill.)

Capitol sources indicate that among the changes to the bill the committee consider will be one that will provide that while school boards will be required to post school grounds and building entrances to keep guns off school grounds and school buildings, school boards’ ability to post school parking lots will be restricted.

As a result, persons who hold a regular CCW license (i.e., one which requires the licensee to have completed training to obtain) will be able to carry a concealed firearm while picking up or dropping off their children at school; however, will be required to stay within 5 feet of their vehicle in order to avoid a violation of trespass statutes.    Persons who hold a CCW license that does not require training in order to obtain will not be able to carry a firearm in a school parking lot.

Stay tuned.   As more details emerge we will report on them.