Sunday, August 21, 2011

Milwaukee Area Communities Move to Ban Guns from Public Buildings

Probably to the chagrin of these folks.

Some cities act to ban guns from government buildings. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 8/20/2011)

Excerpt: Municipalities across the Milwaukee region are moving to ban weapons in public buildings just months before the state's new concealed carry law goes into effect.

Firearms and other weapons - hidden or not - have no place in municipal buildings, except in the hands of law enforcement officers, many elected officials say.

Milwaukee, Waukesha, Brookfield, Port Washington and Elm Grove are among the municipalities in the region that are drafting ordinances to ban weapons and considering posting signs in government buildings informing people of the prohibition.

Whitefish Bay approved an ordinance that bans firearms from its public buildings. Thiensville officials say they plan to post signs banning weapons at their municipal building.

And state Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch is putting together a task force that will make recommendations to him in September about whether to prohibit weapons at the Capitol and other state buildings.

Not all municipalities will ban weapons from their buildings, though.

Hartford considered a prohibition, but the Washington County municipality rejected it even though department heads had urged elected officials to continue the city's more than 50-year-old prohibition against having weapons on public property.

"Why would we preclude law-abiding citizens from being able to carry?" said Hartford Common Council President Tim Michalak, who did not want to restrict people's rights when the concealed carry law takes effect Nov. 1

Related posts:
No concealed carry in Columbus public buildings.  (7/25/2011)
A lesson in Wisconsin administrative rule-making. (7/23/2011)
Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco calls out gun lobby paranoia. (7/13/2011)
City of Middleton Council votes to approve ordinance to prohibit entry or presence in public buildings while carrying firearms. (7/6/2011)
Milwaukee Public Library trustees ban firearms from all buildings. (6/29/2011)
Milton Mayor and gun-rights advocate Tom Chesmore: Only police should carry guns into city buildings. (6/27/2011)
Dane County and City of Madison propose restrictions on concealed carry. (6/18/2011)
Wisconsin Senate Bill 93: Concealed Carry. (6/10/2011)
Milwaukee Police Chief to Gov. Walker on concealed carry: Exhibit statesmanship and provide adult supervision. (6/4/2011)

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