Wisconsin has the craziest gun law in America, according to ProPublica

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In Wisconsin, you can carry a concealed weapon in areas like this.
A ProPublica analysis published in the wake of the Newtown school shooting looks at the seven "craziest gun laws in America," with top honors going to a law enacted last year in Wisconsin.

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That law allows people to carry concealed weapons in unenclosed areas on University of Wisconsin-system campuses. It went into effect in November 2011 and trumped a previous law that banned banned guns everywhere on UW property.

From a September 2011 Wisconsin State Journal report about the new law:
Come November, Badger fans may tailgate while armed but will still be forbidden from bringing their guns inside stadiums, classrooms or any other buildings at the flagship UW-Madison campus and the University of Wisconsin System's 26 campuses statewide, officials confirmed...

The shift -- currently guns are barred on system campuses -- comes to accommodate the state's concealed carry law and will likely change the look of campuses, with large "Firearms Prohibited in Building" signs expected to adorn every entrance to every campus building in accordance with the new law...

The new law represents "a very big, very complex kind of shift" for colleges where existing state law makes weapon possession illegal on campus, said University of Wisconsin System spokesman David Giroux. The new law has no such protection so the colleges have decided to ban weapons inside buildings, Giroux said. Carrying a concealed weapon will be legal on campus quads, parking lots and other spaces that aren't enclosed and in cars be they occupied or parked, he said.
Four other states have similar laws, ProPublica notes, with Utah even allowing people to carry concealed weapons in classrooms (so really, by ProPublica's logic, Utah's law should rank as even "crazier" than Wisconsin's).

Minnesota makes ProPublica's list too -- our law allowing violent felons to regain their gun rights if they can show "good cause" clocks in at seventh craziest.

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josephalopod
josephalopod

@citypages right, because telling people they can't have guns there is going to stop them?

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilised nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future!" Adolf Hitler, 1935.

Pete Stockwell
Pete Stockwell

You peopke that think not having armed citizens is a good idea, wait till the day some shoots at you and the first thing you think of is.... I wish I had a way to defend myself right now. I.E. A GUN!!!!

LerpDerp
LerpDerp

Some town in WI has a law that says you can't fire off a shotgun whilst having intercourse.  That should be number one on the list.

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

Why do they wear block of cheese on their heads? that's crazy..

Theresa Bruckner
Theresa Bruckner

And Dustin points out an excellent fact. This "well, if we all had guns, we could just shoot the crazies trying to shoot us!" fantasy is just that: a fantasy. That's not what happens in real life.

TimGihring
TimGihring

@citypages Weirder is the new WI rule letting you hunt in state parks, just 100 yards from trails, as if a bullet can't go 300 feet.

Tony Bones
Tony Bones

Atleast they'll be able to defend themselves from psychopaths killers. Way to go Milwaukee, Wisconsin

GeekAaron
GeekAaron

So you can carry a gun on campus, but you can't take it into a building? So if a student were carrying a gun, he or she would have to either return it to a vehicle, which presumably couldn't be in a parking ramp, or leave it outside with someone else?

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@LerpDerp Think, man. It's obvious that some local azzhat made a habit of doing just that, so they enacted the law in self-defense.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@GeekAaron The law allows you to keep guns in cars on campus property, so you could stash it in your glove box while at class.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@atrupar @GeekAaron Call me old fashioned, but I feel like the safest place for my gun to be is on my person.  Anyone could take it from my car and use it or sell it to someone who wants to use it.  It's harder to steal if it is safely holstered on my hip.

Granted, most MN establishments are woefully ignorant of the posting requirements, so I almost never have to leave it behind anyway.

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