Lawmakers OK off-duty officers with guns in Wis. schools

Current state law generally bans people from possessing guns on school grounds as well as within 1,000 feet of school grounds


Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin lawmakers have approved a proposal that would allow off-duty and retired officers to carry guns in schools.

The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday on a bipartisan 22-10 vote. The Assembly followed suit shortly thereafter on a voice vote with no debate. The bill goes next to Gov. Scott Walker. His spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email asking if the governor would sign it into law.

Current state law generally bans people from possessing guns on school grounds as well as within 1,000 feet of school grounds. The prohibition doesn't apply to police officers acting in their official capacity.

A broader proposal last session that allowed anyone to carry concealed weapons on school grounds failed to pass.

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