The WASB testified in opposition to the permit-less carry bill Senate Bill 169, authored by Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), at a public hearing this week. As outlined in our testimony, our position was based on resolutions voted on by school board members via our annual Delegate Assembly.
Gov. Walker told the WI State Journal Thursday he supports current law and continuing to require Wisconsin residents to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons.
View our testimony below: Continue reading WASB Testimony on Permit-less Concealed Carry Bill
The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 169, authored by Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon, pictured), which would repeal the state’s gun free school zones law, among other provisions, on:
Wednesday May 31st
Room 411 South, State Capitol, Madison
As mentioned, this bill would repeal the state’s gun free school zones law; allow individuals to obtain a “basic” concealed carry licenses without completing firearms training; require school boards to post school buildings and grounds to prohibit possession of firearms by carrying concealed weapon (CCW) license holders in those places; and reduce penalties for persons who possess firearms in school buildings and on school grounds in violation of such postings. Continue reading Hearing on Gun-Free School Zones Law Repeal Bill Set for Next Wednesday
A bill draft (LRB-2039/1) released today (3/28) by state Sen. Dave Craig (R-Big Bend, Town of Vernon) and state Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) would provide for the so-called “constitutional carry” of firearms in Wisconsin. Under this proposal, dubbed the “Right to Carry” bill, gun owners who can legally own a firearm would no longer be required to obtain a license in order to carry a concealed firearm in Wisconsin. Continue reading Bill to Allow “Constitutional Carry” of Firearms Could Impact Schools, Boards
The state Senate adjourned for the 2015-16 session following a late-night on the floor Tuesday (March 15). Earlier, the state Assembly adjourned for the session on Feb. 18.
In order to become law, bills must pass both houses of the Legislature in identical form, and then be signed by the governor.
Among the bills affecting K-12 education that were not passed by both houses in identical form, and are thus officially dead for this session, are:
- Assembly Bill 481/Senate Bill 355 , which would have imposed restrictions on the scheduling of school referendums and the use of certain types of borrowing by school districts. Under those bills, unless a school board experiences a natural disaster or fire, it could only schedule a referendum vote at a spring or general election. If a referendum vote fails or if school district electors block a borrowing attempt, the district would be prohibited from trying again for at least a year. The WASB opposed these bills. (See previous post.)
Continue reading State Senate Adjourns for 2016 Without Acting on Some High-Profile Education Bills
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) Continue reading Legislation to Allow Concealed Carry on School Grounds Introduced
Senate Bill 197, authored by state Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), would make a false threat to use a firearm to injure or kill another person in a school zone a class I felony. The bill was heard by the Senate Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, chaired by state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) on Thursday (Jan. 7).
The bill was requested by law enforcement in reaction to a growing number of firearm threats targeting schools and school children. It would mirror current law in regard to bomb threats.
The WASB has registered in support of the bill, noting the anxiety and disruption that such threats cause among students, parents and school employees.