Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Bill Would Allow Licensed Guns at Private Schools

A Wisconsin lawmaker is seeking to expand carry rights.

Via the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

A state lawmaker said Saturday he would introduce a bill to allow licensed gun owners to carry weapons on the grounds of private schools, and he expects to advance similar bills aimed at public K-12 schools and college campuses.

State Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) said the state’s concealed carry law, which restricts permit holders from taking their weapons on school grounds, needs to be adjusted to match the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act, which includes an exception for those with CCW licenses. He said the effort is targeting private schools first because “it’s an easier lift” politically.

Kremer also believes schools should be permitted to let licensed, trained teachers and other staff keep guns in schools as a means to stop deadly mass shootings like those at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech University and Sandy Hook Elementary.

“This is a real issue,” he told an audience gathered Saturday at a forum on school security he organized at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. “This is not fear mongering.”

About three dozen people listened and some posed questions to a panel made up of teachers, concealed-carry advocates, parents, law enforcement officials and the host school’s superintendent. The panel and those who spoke favored giving schools more authority to include armed teachers as part of their security plans.

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