The federal Gun Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) has been an abysmal failure. School shootings shot up after the act passed. In 1995, the federal law was ruled unconstitutional. In 1996, under heavy lobbying from President Clinton, the GFSZA was passed again with slight modifications. One of those modifications: an exemption in the law for people with concealed carry weapons permits — should the state allow it. Wisconsin law does not contain the exemption. Which led to this legal problem for one cheddar head [via lakecountrynow.com] . . .
According to the police report, another member of the buildings and grounds department approached an officer at Oconomowoc High School and reported that the woman supposedly kept a firearm in her vehicle that was parked on school premises.
Approached by an officer, the woman denied having a firearm but admitted to having the stun gun. The officer accompanied her to the vehicle, and she retrieved it from the glove box.
The woman, who had a permit for the stun gun, said her husband purchased it for her protection after her vehicle was broken into one night in Milwaukee while working for another company.
Police checked state statutes to see if the electronic control device fell under the dangerous weapon statute and found that it did, and the Oconomowoc School District is pressing charges.
I don’t know what sort of interpersonal dynamics led one co-worker to claim that the accused woman had a gun in her vehicle. Perhaps the co-worker had learned that the woman had a concealed carry permit. There is no separate “stun gun permit” in Wisconsin. This sort of harassment has been promoted by disarmists like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The law also ensnares legal gun owners. One resident used Google earth to measure the distance to a school from outside his property so that he would be sure to follow the law. A police officer had the distance surveyed, and arrested him for being a few feet inside the 1,000 foot limit. He spent 16 days in jail before the charge was finally dropped.
Wisconsin Carry is asking legislators to fix this oversight by mirroring the federal exemption in state law. It would be better to simply repeal the Wisconsin gun free school zone ban. It does nothing to protect children and entraps innocent gun owners. The law was and is bad law.
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