Greendale Bans Concealed Weapons From Village Buildings

The new concealed carry weapons law going into effect statewide Nov. 1.

The Village of Greendale voted on Tuesday that weapons would not be allowed at Village Hall or other village-owned buildings.

With the new concealed carry weapons law going into effect statewide Nov. 1, the Village Board voted to prohibit concealed weapons in the , , and any Village owned building.

The Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Executives Association recommended that all Milwaukee County municipalities enact similar ordinances regulating those activities relating to the carrying of weapons and firearms. Many of the changes in the law are not enforceable within the Municipality unless a regulating ordinance is enacted.

If the Village would not have passed the ordinance anyone with a license would be able to legally bring in a gun into the Village Hall and the library.

 Some of the most significant changes in the state law affecting the Village are:

  • Wisconsin residents may now carry a concealed weapon if they possess a concealed carry license issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
  • Under the OLD law, any person except a Police Officer who goes armed with concealed and dangerous weapon in a public building or place where alcohol beverages are sold and consumed was guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
  • Under the NEW law, a person who is licensed is exempted from the crime that prohibits carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a firearm in public building, and carrying a handgun where alcohol beverages are sold and consumed.
  • The substitute amendment also provides that the offense of carrying a concealed weapon does not apply to a “qualified out-of-state law enforcement officer” who is not under the influence of an intoxicant and a “former law enforcement officer”.
  • The substitute amendment does not affect an individual who carries a concealed and dangerous weapon in his or her own dwelling or place of business or on land that he or she owns, leases, or legally occupies.

The measure passed unanimously 6-1 with Trustee Carl Genz voting against it because he wanted more research done.

FL Born October 19, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Excellent, another location on the list for the bad guy to know where innocent citizens are not allowed to carry!
Dustin Block October 19, 2011 at 02:08 PM
It seems reasonable to have some restrictions on concealed carry, like a library.
J. B. Schmidt October 19, 2011 at 04:50 PM
This article contains an error. It is illegal for a normal citizen to carry a concealed weapon into a place where alcohol is sold for consumption on premises. Wis. Stat. § 941.237(2) and (3)(a)-(cx) It has always been legal for law enforcement individuals to conceal carry in taverns as long as are not consuming alcohol. Ditto PalmLady. The only people who have complete freedom to carry a concealed weapon anywhere they wish are the criminals in our society. I am glad the village of Greendale has enough trust in the criminals in our society to ensure that they are the only ones allowed to carry concealed weapons in to our public building.
Bren October 19, 2011 at 07:50 PM
The two main difficulties here are 1) The liability issue. If a company posts signs banning weapons, the company becomes liable for enforcing the ban. The terminology of the signage used has to be carefully worded to avoid litigation if a gun related injury/death occurs on the premises. 2) This restricts police in acting upon suspicion of a concealed weapon. I'm still not sure that this law is a good idea. As I have said before on this site, my uncle was murdered in a coffee shop, not by the armed robber, but by the he-man clerk behind the counter who pulled a gun from under the counter and fired. My uncle died at the scene from a gunshot to the head and the robber escaped. The clerk claimed it was self-defense. A man's life lost over a few dollars in the till. It's this type of "thinking" that has me very, very worried. And for anyone who wishes to share the view that "most gun owners respect the law," I know quite a few and not one of them do. The only reason they have guns in the city is to feel like he-men and with the hope that they will someday be able to use it on someone. Great.
Linda Motley October 19, 2011 at 09:10 PM
I'm sorry for your loss Bren. And, it does illustrate what may happen when too many trigger-happy, over-zealous gun-owners try to protect something that is not worth dying for. The clerk saved his till, but killed an innocent in the process. I find it interesting that people are so paranoid that they feel the need to carry a gun into the Public Library, the Village Hall and the Municipal Court. I've lived in Greendale a very long time and I don't ever remember anyone having a need for a weapon in any of those places.


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