Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Allow Guns, Not Cameras in Capitol

| by Michael Allen

A new plan created by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) would allow guns in most of Wisconsin’s state Capitol, while most photos and video cameras would still be banned.

Under the proposed new policy, the public would be allowed to carry concealed weapons into the Assembly viewing galleries, but existing rules barring the use of cameras (still shots and videos) would not be changed, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Lawmakers would still be allowed to decide if guns are allowed in their individual offices.

State Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D) told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “I don’t think there should be weapons in the Capitol. People should be able to enter public buildings and feel safe… There’s children who come in the building, for Pete’s sake.”

“People who carry concealed can come in my office, I don’t care,” state Rep. Robin Vos (R) remarked. Rep. Vos plans to apply for a concealed-carry permit, but wouldn’t say if he would be bringing guns to work. He saw no contradiction in allowing guns, while the use of cameras remain forbidden: “You can have a gun in the gallery, but you can’t shoot."

Gov. Walker signed a law in July that made Wisconsin the 49th state to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons.

Last week, a journalist was reportedly arrested when he tried to videotape several protesters, who were also being arrested for having pro-First Amendment signs pinned to their shirts.

Wisconsin state law permits the public to photograph and film open sessions only, but includes a section that provides for arrests in open sessions. The law bans "recording, filming or photographing such a meeting in a manner that interferes with the conduct of the meeting or the rights of the participants.”