Dear Clergy and Lay Leaders of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church,
Recently, we sent you an e-mail about the conceal/carry weapons law that will take effect in November. Since that time, the press secretary for Governor Walker’s office has issued a statement concerning the Emergency Concealed Carry Rules that were created by the Department of Justice. With the conceal/carry law beginning on November 1st, emergency rules will be in effect until permanent rules can be crafted. Rules regarding posting will not change as a result of the Emergency Regulations. Therefore, if churches decide to display a sign indicating that weapons are NOT allowed on church property, the guidelines will remain as follows.
- be at least 5x7 inches in size
- clearly state that no weapons can be allowed in the building
- be posted at every entrance to the building.
The Wisconsin Conference UMC Chancellor recommends that you contact your local authorities after you have posted a sign to let them know you have done so. For more information, see the press secretary statement and the full description of signage requirements. If you have further questions, please contact your Regional Office.
- Wisconsin Legislative Council Information Memorandum: Changes in Laws Relating to Administrative Rule-Making
- State of Wisconsin Department of Justice: Licenses Authorizing Persons to Carry Concealed Weapons
- State of Wisconsin Department of Justice: Recognition by Wisconsin of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued by Other States
- Frequently Asked Questions about Conceal/Carry Weapons Law (UPDATED 11/1/11 - See highlighted text)
In regard to posting land, the law only provides that the sign must provide an “appropriate notice” and the name of the person giving the notice (listing self as either the owner of occupant). Wis. Stats. § 943.13(2)am1. In regard to other locations the sign must simply state the restriction imposed. Wis. Stats. § 943.13(2)(bm)1. At a minimum the sign must inform people that weapons or firearms are prohibited. There are a number of messages that would meet the standard and the ultimate purpose of the sign is to put individuals on notice of the prohibition or limitation: