Concealed Carry Gun Law
Posted: October 21, 2011
I almost forgot how far behind the curve Wisconsin was on the concealed carry gun law. The Badger State will be the 49th state, leaving only Illinois, to enact the right for citizens to pack a concealed firearm with the proper permit. Personally, I don't understand why it's a necessity for gun-lovers to have a law allowing them to tote their weapon in public. But I'm a different breed when it comes to guns.
I have never shot a gun. I have fielded many offers, from both friends in the law enforcement community and buddies who hunt deer and turkeys with guns. But, for whatever reason, I just have never had any desire to shoot a gun. I have no problem with hunting; nor do I have any issue with those who enjoy target shooting. I guess my personal experience, or lack thereof, makes me a bit weird while living in Wisconsin.
But now that the Wisconsin concealed carry law goes into effect next month, I began to wonder what I have to do to prepare myself for the annual Festival in the Pines that I own and operate in Carson Park. Nearly 15,000 people of all ages attend the family-oriented festival that features arts and crafts, live music and children's activities. In fact, I've had nightmares that a crazed shopper becomes outraged when an arts and crafts exhibitor tells her that her favorite product is no longer in stock.
"The shopper reaches into her purse and takes aim - at one of the animals in the petting zoo! " Thankfully, I always wake up before the outcome of the dream is determined.
Seriously, though, I will now have to display signage that reminds fest-goers that they are not allowed to carry firearms or weapons into my event. Fortunately, the City of Eau Claire announced that small business owners, as well as event organizers like myself, will have access to free signage as it concerns the concealed carry gun law.
One of the biggest misunderstandings about the new law involves the liability issue. While the law was being debated, some building owners were concerned (and rightfully so) that they could be held liable if signage was displayed in their establishment and an individual who carried a concealed weapon killed or injured someone. But, Act 35 of the legislative code actually provides immunity from a building owner who experiences such an incident.
Either way, the new concealed carry gun law goes into effect November 1st in Wisconsin. And, luckily, the new legislation won't affect me much - unless I have those recurring nightmares.