UPDATE: Wisconsin Assembly approves concealed carry policy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Concealed weapons will be allowed in the Wisconsin state Assembly’s public galleries under a policy Republicans have adopted.

Democrats on the Assembly’s organizational committee opposed the policy adopted Thursday, saying it makes no sense to allow concealed weapons in the galleries but disallow signs or cameras. Dozens of people have been arrested and removed from the galleries this year for videotaping lawmakers or holding signs.

The Assembly policy differs from what the Senate has adopted. Its policy allows concealed weapons on the floor where senators debate, but not in the public galleries.

The Assembly policy makes clear that weapons must be concealed when in the gallery.


Both policies allow lawmakers to decide whether to ban weapons in their Capitol offices.

Wisconsin’s law legalizing concealed weapons went into effect Tuesday.