On Jan. 13, Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) along with co-author, Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville) introduced the Wisconsin School Zone Empowerment Act.
If passed, the bill will give school districts the power to decide whether to prohibit or allow concealed-carry within school buildings, and clarifies the law about concealed–carry within a school zone.
Nobody knows that law better than Harvey Laurich. He’s now a convicted felon after carrying a concealed gun on him when he went to pick up one of his grandchildren from school.
“I carry it all the time and just like anything else, sometimes you forget,” Laurich said.
Police showed up at Harvey’s apartment the next day to question him.
“They took my gun and handcuffed me,” he said. “They put me in a squad car and took me to the police station.”
His probation will end in the summer of 2016.
Sen. Lazich is shocked by Laurich’s case. Her bill has two missions. The first will make it legal for people to carry a concealed weapon in school zones. The second portion of her bill addresses the controversial topic of allowing guns inside a school.
“It allows school districts to determine policies within the buildings so a school district can have any policy from having no guns to anything else they believe they would like in their school district.”
The bill is currently in circulation. It has not officially been assigned a number yet.