Clearing up concealed carry confusion
Clearing up Wisconsin's concealed carry rulesPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE - Signs prohibiting firearms in public spaces and businesses are likely to become more common in the coming weeks. Wisconsin's new concealed carry law takes effect in a matter of days.
"There is some confusion out there," said attorney Frank Gumina of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Law Firm. "Come November 1st, people will have a right to carry a weapon concealed."
Gumina counsels businesses on the new law. TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray asked him to clear up some of that confusion.
First, alcohol and concealed carry do not mix.
"In taverns, those people consuming alcohol will not be able to carry a weapon," Gumina said.
No guns will be allowed in areas like school zones.
"In court houses," Gumina explained. "In police stations and on school zones. We still have the gun free school act."
Worried about someone you notice with a weapon? Gumina says tell a manager, call police or even confront the carrier.
"If the person is not engaging in any sort of threatening conduct, may just be simply to ask the person if they have a license," he advised.
The rules do not change covering when a carrier can actually fire a weapon. They must be able to prove a life is at risk. That line can be blurry.
"Like the unfortunate incident at State Fair Park that happened this past year where maybe it's not so obvious whether there's eminent risk of death or great bodily harm," Gumina said. "So, someone carrying that weapon is going to have to decide."
Gumina said many businesses have yet to decide what their policy will be.