July 08. 2011 2:00AM - Last modified: March 14. 2012 1:22PM

Walker signs concealed carry law

  

Gov. Scott Walker today signed a new law to allow Wisconsin citizens to conceal and carry weapons.

Walker signed the bill during a ceremony in Wausau.

Wisconsin businesses will now need to make decisions about their policies related to weapons in the workplace.

Attorney Michael Aldana recently wrote a Milwaukee Biz Blog about the practical considerations employers will need to consider related to the law.

BizTimes recently polled its readers to gauge their reactions to the new law. Most (74 percent) said they would not allow their employees, vendors or customers to carry concealed weapons in the workplace.

Read some of their comments here.

However, the law forbids employers from prohibiting employees to carry weapons in their vehicles, even when the vehicles are parked on the company's property.

The law also was written to provide legal immunity to employers who impose no restrictions on weapons. The law withholds that immunity from any employer who does impose restrictions.

With the new law, Wisconsin becomes the 49th state to allow some form of concealed carry, leaving only Illinois as the state without such a law.

UPDATE: Walker issued the following statement about the law: "By signing concealed carry into law today we are making Wisconsin safer for all responsible, law abiding citizens. This legislation has been in the works for a long time—I co-sponsored a similar bill when I was a member of the State Assembly. I am pleased the Legislature approved a bill that included training and permits. Today I would like to specifically thank Senator Galloway and Representatives Mursau and Suder for moving forward this important public safety bill."


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