Can a business or property owner limit or prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on its
Yes. The law permits certain owners and occupants of property to prohibit persons from
carrying a concealed firearm in or on the property. A person may be subject to a Class B
forfeiture if he or she carries a firearm on the property after being notified not to remain
on the property or remain with a specific type of firearm. In the latter case, a property
owner can prohibit a person form possessing a specific type of firearm on their property
or any firearm. Wis. Stat. § 943.13(1m)(b).
In addition, property owners generally possess the right to exclude others from their
property. While the specific provisions below only reference prohibiting the possession of
firearms, property owners may also prohibit or restrict the possession of other weapons
on their property. Violations of such restrictions may also constitute a Class B forfeiture
under Wis. Stat. § 943.13(1m)(b). Therefore, the language quoted below, while only
mentioning firearms, applies with equal force to other weapons.
Where is a licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon?
A licensee or an authorized out-of-state licensee may not carry a weapon (knife, stun gun
or electric weapon, a knife, or club, or a machinegun), either concealed or unconcealed,
in the following locations:
Any portion of a building that is a police station, sheriff‘s office, state patrol station, or
the office of a Division of Criminal Investigation special agent of DOJ.
Any portion of a building that is a prison, jail, house of correction, or secured
The Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, the Wisconsin Resource Center, or any
secured unit or secured portion of a mental health institution, including a facility
designated as the Maximum Security Facility at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.
Any portion of a building that is a county, state, or federal courthouse.
Any portion of a building that is a municipal courtroom if court is in session.
A place beyond a security checkpoint in an airport.