"Collin Braunel Bernie Starzewski, while I was on council what would you have thought of me carrying? I carry a hangun every day at work yet I am a civilian. I also am heavily trained. Interestingly enough I carry no license. [...]
December 13, 2015 Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter facebook page
941.23 Carrying concealed weapon.
(2) Any person, other than one of the following, who carries a concealed and dangerous weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor: [a-c again police former or current]
[...](d) A licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (d)
In other words... No license = ILLEGAL
Maybe Mr. Braunel does not understand that a State issued permit is required for concealed carry? Yet he claims he has been fully trained. One would expect that training might include information about the governing law.
Then too when he first took office in 2010 concealed carry was not legal anywhere in Wisconsin and only became legal in 2011 after the Republicans took over and passed it so it might depend on when he carried in city hall too.
Mr. Braunel appears to be laboring under the illusion that his job as a security guard alone entitles him to carry his weapons anywhere he likes. Unfortunately, the reverse is true.
Mr. Braunel is REQUIRED to have a permit for it gun at work!
Wisconsin Statute 440.26 clearly states that a license is in fact required and in particular as it relates to "dangerous weapons" used on the job by security guards.
Mr. Braunel is not a current or former law officer. With no license to carry he is NOT permitted to carry a weapon on the job.
Be that as it may, Mr. Braunel was asking what I would have thought if he was carrying a weapon in Manitowoc City Council chambers with no license. My answer is, that if he did so he was in violation of the law as even under the most liberal reading of the statute it at least a misdemeanor.
At the same time violations of the licensing requirement for security guards carry some hefty penalties:
(8) Penalties. Any person, acting as a private detective, investigator or private security person, or who employs any person who solicits, advertises or performs services in this state as a private detective or private security person, or investigator or special investigator, without having procured the license or permit required by this section, may be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisoned not less than 3 months nor more than 6 months or both. Any agency having an employee, owner, officer or agent convicted of the above offense may have its agency license revoked or suspended by the department. Any person convicted of the above offense shall be ineligible for a license for one year.Mr. Braunel has a lot of explaining to do.