03-09-2018, 07:28 AM
Join Date: Nov 2014
New signage at East Towne Mall.
As most of you know, I have a slavish beginning to each morning. My eyes pop open in a panic, and I search for coffee like a castaway searches for potable water. After the gym, I meet friends at the mall.
One associate pointed to a new sign at the center of the mall. Previously, the signage about firearms had been poor. This new larger sign in the middle of the mall confirmed their policy--except it doesn't. Let me explain.
Numerous larger stores (called "anchors") have their own private entrances and do not post no-guns decals. Under Wisconsin law, you may enter concealed. Open carry is not permitted.
To make matters worse, some stores simply rent their areas, allowing the mall managers to claim the right to apply laws inside those stores, as well. Thankfully, Barnes & Nobel does not hold such a lease. Their manager, Jen, welcomes all clients, even those with CCW licenses and handguns.
Since this new sign is vague, I called the Madison police (who could care less) the DOJ firearms department, and the mall manager. Seems like everyone has a differing opinion.
Jen informed me that nothing has changed for B&N. They go by the national slate of rules, and CCW is permitted.
However, walk around in the commons area of the main promenades, and the police will ask you to leave if they suspect/know you are carrying.
So, if you come to Madison to shop, look for decals and enter through private entrances. The rules are a crazy-quilt of laws based on what the vendor signed under contract. But sworn police officers are appearing more and more, and if they suspect you are armed, they have authority under the our concealed carried law to ask you to leave.
Refusal results in arrest.
...No matter where you are it's enemy territory...