GOP leader supports concealed carry in Capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he supports allowing the carrying of concealed weapons in the state Capitol.

Fitzgerald said Friday that if concealed weapons are banned in the building, then metal detectors should be set up to ensure that no one brings in a weapon.

But Fitzgerald says no metal detectors would be needed if the weapons are allowed.

His comments come after Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he too would not oppose concealed weapons in the Capitol.

The decision on whether to allow them is not up to either of them. That falls to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration. A spokeswoman says that decision will be made before the law takes effect on Nov. 1.