With the recent legislation that clarified the legal "open carrying" of weapons in public places, the Madison Police Department would like to notify businesses that they have a right under the statute to deny persons carrying weapons entry into their businesses. In order to deny persons entry, the business must display a sign that is clearly readable at a distance of not less than (10) ten feet from the entrance to the business indicating that weapons are forbidden. If a business chooses to use such a sign, the sign's verbiage should be similar in scope to the example listed below. The specific wording in this example is not a City requirement; it is just an example that meets the requirements of the law. If a business owner would like to discuss alternate wording with their legal counsel before posting a notice, feel free to do so; however, if the notice you use does not meet the minimum requirements of the statute, the police will be limited in what they can do to assist you.
Carrying Firearms on Certain City Properties
On September 3, 2013, the City of Madison Mayor and Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance that restricts the carrying of weapons on certain city property. The full text of the ordinance can be found here.