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PolitiFact Wisconsin: Fake 'Welcome to Wisconsin' sign regarding conceal carry

Posted at 6:55 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 19:55:50-04

When you cross over the Illinois-Wisconsin border, there's a big sign on I-94 that says "Welcome to Wisconsin."

But there's another fake welcome sign that has gone viral, and it has caught the attention of PolitiFact Wisconsin.

It has long been debunked, but it is still shared on Facebook. It claims to be a picture of one of those "Welcome to Wisconsin" signs.

"Then underneath it says, just so you know travelers there are 170,000 residents here in Wisconsin who have concealed carry permits and if you're a terrorist or an intruder they're ready and able to use them," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says don't try looking for the sign because it doesn't even exist.

"There is no sign like this at all," said Borowski. "In fact, over the years other similar things have been photo-shopped on for states like Idaho, and Michigan and elsewhere."

Wisconsin's DOT tells PolitiFact Wisconsin if anyone tried to install the fake, illegal signage, it would be removed.

"But you look at the comments that people make on it and others sharing it and a lot of people do think it's real," said Borowski, "but it is very, very fake."

No doubts about this one. PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this Pants on Fire.

Also, Politifact Wisconsin reports the image was flagged as part of Facebook's efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its news feed.