Legislative Leaders Comment on “Right to Carry” Bill With Implications for Schools

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on some high profile bills and their chances for becoming law in the remainder of the 2017-18 legislative session based on conversations with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau, pictured).  Included in the story was the “Right to Carry” bill that we have posted on here before and has implications for school districts.

From the MJS:

Concealed weapons. Some Republicans are promoting Senate Bill 169, which would make the state a “constitutional carry” state, where people could pack concealed guns without having to get training or permits from the state. 

Vos noted Republican Gov. Scott Walker has said he likes the current system, approved in 2011, that requires people to get permits to carry concealed weapons. 

“I think that’s where the consensus has to happen, between those of us who are probably fine passing the bill and others who have some concerns,” Vos said. 

Fitzgerald called the issue complicated. GOP lawmakers have privately discussed the issue twice and some feel the current system is working well, he said. 

“That’s one reason why some lawmakers are comfortable with where we’re at (under current law),” Fitzgerald said.

The WASB opposes this bill based on our member-approved Resolution 6.11 (b) Weapons Possession:

(b) 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, including a facsimile or “look-alike” weapon, concealed or otherwise, in school zones or lessen the consequences for violation of existing safe school policies relating to guns and other weapons. Decisions about whether CCW licensees may possess weapons in school buildings must remain exclusively in the hands of the locally elected school board which governs the school.