Sen. Wanggaard: "I know several legislators who carry in the Capitol. I do."

In 2011, Wisconsin became the 49th state in the country to allow concealed carry. Since then, the lines have been drawn on where you can, and cannot carry.

"There's really not too much mystery about it, we do allow carry concealed in the Capitol." explained State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine).

The general public can carry in most areas of the building, and so can elected officials.

Wanggaard said, “I know several legislators who carry in the Capitol. I do. Whenever I’m in the Captiol, I'm generally carrying a firearm."

Wanggaard is a retired Racine police officer, and says carrying in the Capitol building makes for a safer environment.

Members of the Milwaukee Common Council didn't agree with that idea, and in 2011 voted to ban weapons from City Hall and other city buildings. State law allows each city to make that choice, meaning it's okay to carry in some government buildings, and not okay in others.

Nik Clark, president of Wisconsin Carry, said, “Here in Wisconsin if you were to go into a place that was posted (not allowing concealed weapons), a private business that was posted, or a government building that was posted, that's a trespassing violation."

So taking a concealed firearm into Milwaukee City Hall could get you fined up to $1,000.

Waukesha city hall allows concealed carry, while in Racine only elected officials can do it

In 2013 the Common Council voted themselves that right, and Mayor John Dickert disagrees with it. He said, "They allowed aldermen to have that opportunity, but personally I don't believe there's any need for it. We have police officers; those are out sworn duty protectors."

Having a firearm on you while on school property, even while you're in your car, is a much more serious violation than walking into a government building. Instead of trespassing, it's a felony.

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