West Bend votes to allow concealed weapons in city buildings

Annie Scholz

West Bend votes to allow concealed weapons in city buildings

CREATED Oct. 4, 2011 - UPDATED: Oct. 4, 2011

WEST BEND - In less than a month, concealed weapons will be allowed in West Bend city buildings. But the common council took it a step further. They also voted to allow city employees to carry them.

Alderman Ed Duquaine is in favor of it. "My personal feeling is that guns don't create violent crimes, violent criminals do."

Alderman Duquaine argues it's simply about upholding the new state law, and he's willing to back it up. "I do plan on carrying. Yes I do."

Germantown, Hartford, and Sturtevant also plan to allow concealed weapons in city buildings. But places like Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay have banned them.

TODAY'S TMJ4 found mixed feelings from folks in West Bend about the decision. "This almost, from what I read, seems like the wild west," according to Bill Durisek. For Joe Koepke, "I guess I don't see a difference as far as a municipal building or any other building."

The concealed carry law is set to go into effect on November 1st. You need training and a permit to qualify.

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