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Firearms and Dangerous Weapons

The Wisconsin Administrative Code at UWS 18.10(3) prohibits a person from carrying, possessing, or using any dangerous weapon on university lands or in university buildings or facilities, unless it is for law enforcement purposes or the person receives written approval of the Chancellor. Chapter 18 permits police to confiscate and remove dangerous weapons from university lands.

On July 8, 2011, Governor Walker signed 2011 Wisconsin Act 35 into law. Effective November 1, 2011, it is lawful in the State of Wisconsin for licensed individuals to be armed with a concealed weapon, or to carry particular weapons in an open or concealed manner, as long as there is no indication of a criminal or malicious intent. This law provides certain exemptions for schools and universities, however, that are implemented further in UWM’s Policy on Firearms and Weapons.Under UWM’s Policy, firearms and dangerous weapons are prohibited in UWM buildings, residence halls, vehicles, and special events.Also, employees of UWM are prohibited from carrying firearms while engaged in employment for UWM.

UWM Policy on Firearms and Weapons

Wis. Admin. Code UWS 18.10(3) 

2011 Wisconsin Act 35