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UW-Eau Claire to prohibit weapons in campus buildings

RELEASED: Oct. 17, 2011

concealed carry sign reading 'no firearms or weapons allowed in building'EAU CLAIRE — Beginning in mid-October, signs prohibiting firearms and other weapons will be posted at entrances to all buildings on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.

The signs will be posted in compliance with Wisconsin Act 35, signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker in July, which allows the concealed carry of firearms and other weapons by licensed permit holders. The new law takes effect Nov. 1.

Under the law, concealed weapons may be prohibited in state buildings, such as those at UW-Eau Claire, but not on state grounds. Therefore, the university's prohibition of concealed-carry weapons will be effective for campus buildings only, said David Sprick, UW-Eau Claire Police chief. Open carry of weapons continues to be prohibited, Sprick said.

UW-Eau Claire employees will be prohibited from carrying concealed weapons while at work, also in compliance with the new law, Sprick said.

"It is our hope that the university community and visitors will continue to feel safe here without the need to go armed," Sprick said. "We support the idea that our campus is a place for civil discourse and that conflict is addressed in a peaceful, respectful manner. To comply with the new law, we are implementing policies and procedures to enhance the safety of our campus and to uphold the rights of our citizens."

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