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Wisconsin and Illinois are the only states that don’t allow concealed carry permits of any type. There have been several failed attempts to change that in the Badger state, but Dale Burke, University of Wisconsin assistant police chief, says law enforcement doesn’t see any reason to do so. In Wisconsin, recognizing that some state residents are in favor of concealed carry legislation, and given the immense influence of the National Rifle Association, law enforcement “would be amenable to some level of concealed carry” if the two sides can reach a compromise, says Burke.
“We may not be able to hold this off forever,” Burke says. “If we’re going to go down that road, we want to go down with the best possible legislation we can get.”
Wisconsin law enforcement isn’t against residents being able to own and have guns in their homes or businesses, if that’s what they choose, Burke says. However, business owners shouldn’t be forced to allow firearms on their properties if they don’t want them, he says, adding that a similar argument can be made for keeping firearms off of campuses.
Desiree J. Hanford, a contributing editor to Building Operating Management, is a freelance writer who spent 10 years as a reporter for Dow Jones. She is a former assistant editor of Building Operating Management.
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