Madison Prepares for Concealed Carry Law

October 25, 2011

In preparation for Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Law going into effect on November 1st, Mayor Paul Soglin and City staff have developed guidelines and restrictions regarding firearms in City buildings, property and buses.

Mayor Soglin said, "While I think this legislation is bad public policy, the City of Madison must respond as best it can under the limitations set by the legislature. It is my responsibility to make sure that City employees and residents are comfortable and can feel safe in City buildings. All City buildings will be posted with appropriate notices, indicating that it is illegal to carry weapons in City buildings. This will include the city's bus shelters and transfer points, and park shelters."

Private businesses and homeowners are also able to prohibit firearms by posting notice. Apartment and condo residents are able to post for their individual units, and multi-family building owners may post that weapons are prohibited in the common areas.

There are specific requirements for appropriate signs. They must be at least 5 inches by 7 inches and indicate that weapons are prohibited on the property. Madison has signs available for purchase or download from the city website at www.cityofmadison.com/police/concealedcarry.cfm. The website has additional information on the law including frequently asked questions.

Contact:
  • Katie Crawley, 608-266-4611