Madison, Wisconsin has plans underway to deal with the concealed carry law that was passed by the State Legislature earlier this year. With city buildings, buses, and parks all to be posted with signs stating concealed guns are not allowed, the city is now helping residents who wish to be gun-free.
People caught carrying guns in Madison where a property owner has banned them would be fined $500 plus court costs for a first offense and $750 for a second offense under a set of proposed new ordinances to be considered by the City Council next Tuesday.
The ordinances were unanimously green-lighted by the city’s public safety committee at a Thursday meeting and come just before the state’s concealed carry law takes effect on Nov. 1.
“This is allowing the city to do as much as it legally can,” said Ald. Paul Skidmore, 9th District, a sponsor of the ordinances and a member of the public safety committee.
One of the ordinances mirrors the new state law in saying that property owners, both public and private, and operators of special events like Rhythm & Booms may post signs at entrances prohibiting guns inside buildings or on the grounds of an event.
The city also is preparing to plaster public entrances to city buildings with signs announcing they’re gun-free zones. The cost for producing the signs is estimated at $5,000, assistant city attorney Marci Paulsen said. The city also will make the signs available to citizens although it’s not clear how much, if anything, they’ll charge residents.
Under the new law, people who own a residence or business may opt out of the concealed carry law but must post the no-guns signs at entrances, Skidmore said. Simple “no trespassing” signs won’t cut it. Owners of apartments or condominiums also would need to put gun-free signs in common areas, Paulsen said, and renters may put up similar signs at their individual residences.