Wisconsin's concealed carry laws allow local units of government to decide if concealed weapons will be allowed in the buildings under their care. NOTICE OF REFUSAL OF RIGHT TO CARRY CONCEALED While the specific statutory sections of the new law, as noted above, only reference notices regarding firearms, property owners possess the general right to limit or condition access to their property. This would include prohibitions or limits on possessing "dangerous" weapons other than firearms.
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What kind of notice must be given to a CCW license holder regarding any prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons?
Notice of statutorily prohibited locations is provided by statute and to the licensee on the license application and no other notice or sign is required for those locations.
Notice for other locations can be provided verbally or in writing or if the land is posted by a sign meeting certain criteria. Wis. Stat. § 943.13(2)(am)
Where are signs required?
How big of a sign must be used?
A sign must be at least five inches by seven inches that states the restriction on carrying a firearm. Wis. Stat. § 943.13(2)(bm)1.
For posting land, a sign must be at least 11 inches square. Wis. Stat. § 943.13(2)(am)1.
What must the sign say?
In regard to posting land, the law only provides that the sign must provide an “appropriate notice” and the name of the person giving the notice (listing self as either the owner of occupant). Wis. Stats. § 943.13(2)am1. In regard to other locations the sign must simply state the restriction imposed. Wis. Stats. § 943.13(2)(bm)1. At a minimum the sign must inform people that weapons or firearms are prohibited. There are a number of messages that would meet the standard and the ultimate purpose of the sign is to put individuals on notice of the prohibition or limitation.
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