Eau Claire Transit getting ready for concealed carry

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) It’s been more than a month since Governor Scott Walker signed the concealed carry bill. But several questions remain for the Eau Claire Transit System.

The system said it’s looking into the possibility of posting signs on city buses discouraging passengers from bringing guns on board.

Eau Claire Transit Manager Mike Branco said public transportation is barely mentioned in the new concealed carry bill.

“We are considered a public property so we lump that in with other public properties. But it’s not a solid object so there are a lot of things that go into this and we’re still researching what we’re going to do,” Branco said.

He said the Transit Commission will be working with city attorneys to determine how they can honor the new law while still keeping passengers safe.

“Naturally there are going to be some safety concerns that are involved with allowing weapons on board. Safety is our number one concern. The big question is should we post something or leave it alone,” Branco said.

Bus riders WEAU 13 News talked to on Friday morning said they’d feel uncomfortable knowing their fellow passengers were carrying guns.

“I don’t think it should be allowed, you never know what could happen,” said bus passenger Kelly O’Donnell of Eau Claire.

“Some people get mad and they can’t control their tempers and they snap,” said bus passenger Jim Fouts of Eau Claire.

Theresa Meyer, who takes mentally handicapped people on city buses, said guns could create a tense environment for them.

“I could see a lot of fear on their part as well as everybody else not feeling safe on a bus. If you see someone with a gun the natural reaction is going to be to step away from them,” Meyer said.

The state said carrying concealed weapons with a permit will become legal in November.

Branco said this issue will be discussed by the Transit Commission on Wednesday.


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  • by Barb Location: Eau Claire on Aug 15, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    i and my daughter ride the bus all the time and i dont think having a gun on a bus is a good idea...My daughter is mentally challenged and they are a lot of other people like that who ride the bus...Some of these indivials might be scared if they see a gun...
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      by Webster on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:44 AM in reply to Barb
      Conceal, to hide; withdraw or remove from observation; cover or keep from sight: "He concealed the gun under his coat" No one is going to see a gun on anyone. That is what conceal means.
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      by Gary on Aug 16, 2011 at 01:33 PM in reply to Barb
      CONCEALED carry
  • by joe on Aug 15, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    Kim, it's about self defense. The gun may not be needed for the bus ride but its the idea of always having a gun that will deter criminals. Robbing someone on the bus will be a lot more dangerous that it would be if the criminal knew no law abiding citizen had a gun. The only people gun laws stop are citizens who follow those laws.
  • by Reality Check on Aug 15, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    "Bus riders WEAU 13 News talked to on Friday morning said they’d feel uncomfortable knowing their fellow passengers were carrying guns. " Pssssssssst................they already are.
  • by RL Location: Eau Claire on Aug 13, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    WHY does anyone need to carry a concealed weapon on a bus in the first place?!!
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      by Mike Mc on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to RL
      Why do we even have buses? Someone with the flu riding the bus poses more of a threat to other riders than a law abiding citizen with a gun.
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      by Cory on Aug 16, 2011 at 01:34 PM in reply to RL
      religion has killed more people than guns have- Crusades duh
  • by Kim Location: Eau Claire on Aug 13, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    Do any of the posters even ride the bus? Riding the bus is nice and safe. Tired of hearing all the rants of my right, my right. I do actually take the bus at times, and if another rider has a gun, I would be scared. So tired of people blathering about "right to carry", these peopel are just trying to sound tuff. There are too many people who do drugs and who knows what might happen. Why cause harm, when there should be none. We are talking about lives that could be taken. Should we just wait until it happens, just so some people, who probably don't even take the bus, can whine that "it's their right"? I have a right to feel safe too, and I don't care what the posters say or about your wannabee rights. Stay off the bus if you want to carry a gun.
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      by Marc on Aug 17, 2011 at 03:28 PM in reply to Kim
      Typical anti-gun, scaredy-cat, namby-pamby hyperbole. Like it or not it IS a right, not a wannabee right, a right guaranteed by the US Constitution and the State of Wisconsin Constitution. You being scared does not trump law abiding people exercising their (yes there is that word again) RIGHT to carry with them the means of defending themselves. If you want to live in a country that does not recognize those RIGHTS, move. I'd suggest the People's Republic of China.
  • by Bill W. Location: Eau Claire on Aug 13, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    As I understand it open carry is now allowed by State law so have there been any incidents of scared passengers or has there been any open carry people not allowed to access transit, whats the policy right now? I myself would feel safer knowing there is a law abiding legal CCW citizen on board the bus. WHAT SHOULD THE TRANSIT DEPT. DO? NOTHING
  • by DJ Jones on Aug 13, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    I don't know why everyone is up and arms about all this...we have had the right to bare arms since our Country was born...nothing new...criminals will be criminals, regardless...
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      by Realist on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM in reply to DJ Jones
      Please keep your "bare arms" concealed, DJ.
    • reply
      by Jay on Aug 15, 2011 at 01:02 PM in reply to DJ Jones
      I didn't think they had sleeveless t-shirts in 1776.
    • reply
      by lol on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:03 PM in reply to DJ Jones
      Didn't you see the Family Guy episode about that. Everyone has a right to keep a pair of bear arms.
  • by Rich Location: Ladysmith on Aug 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    Doesn't anyone remember the Bill of Rights or the United States Constitution? The Courts have upheld that LAWABIDING american citizens have the RIGHT to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, the State of Wisconsin has finally realized this and restored our RIGHTS. Now local government and business owners think they should have the right to restrict the Second Amendment. I believe that if you are not banned from having(owning) a gun, you have the right to carry it anywhere but in someone's home-home owners have the right to restrict weapons. Why should people be scared of LAWABIDING CITIZENS having a gun, the criminals have been carrying concealed for years. I don't believe BUSINESS OWNERS want to alianate up to 50% of their customers by posting NO CONCEALED CARRY signs. I will quit giving them my business whenever I can, and will tell them why-I encourage other permit holders to do the same.
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      by Scott on Aug 14, 2011 at 01:16 PM in reply to Rich
      One the right to bear arms was put in the bill of right as a response to the fact that in England they could not have a gun IN THEIR HOME not stopping them from owning them. Secondly this was before a police force to protect the public. Along with the fact at the time our founding fathers wrote the bill of rights. Black powder muskets were all they had. You need to conceal carry fine make it a black powder gun cause that is what was protected in the bill of rights. There is no such thing as a LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN everyone has broke a law at some point in their life. If you want to boycott businesses that post no carry that is fine cause I will go to them. When accidental shootings go up because of this law I hope you realize just how much this was worth to you.
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        by Mike Mc on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:38 AM in reply to Scott
        Just like in the other 48 states that allow this, wait, that didn't happen. You've been brainwashed by people who believe that unarmed citizens make a strong government safe. Our nation was founded on the citizens not fearing government tyranny.
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        by Rich on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:32 AM in reply to Scott
        Scott, you think your opinion on the meaning of the Bill of Rights is correct, sorry but the Supream Court doesn't agree with you. You want to go back to black powder muskets, fine, go back to horse and buggy and no indoor toilets. No, I didn't think so. Technogly has evolved in everything we have and do. I didn't see any mention in the Bill of Rights as to what KIND of arms it protects. If you have ever read it you would know that already!!!!!
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        by Gary on Aug 16, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to Scott
        you would have liked Geramny when Hitler was taking guns away
  • by Hey Mike on Aug 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    Hey Mike, Law at this time prohibits a firearm in ANY vehicle that is not cased an unloaded. So...how do you figure it is legal for you to carry a gun onto a bus in your hand? Gotta love people who talk before thinking. Just think, you will be one of those who acts before thinking while carrying a gun around. You think you know what is right, but you don't!
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      by Mike on Aug 13, 2011 at 05:19 PM in reply to Hey Mike
      I purchased a handgun and a .22 caliber rifle last week at Scheels. They put the handgun in a triangle case that says Ruger on the side of it, and the rifle in a cloth bag that looked like a big sock. I rode the bus from the Mall to my apartment downtown. As I said, it is legal today to walk on a bus with a pistol in my hand. Why should it be illegal is it is in my pocket?
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      by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2011 at 09:21 PM in reply to Hey Mike
      What is legal and what is not will be covered in the training and test to get a carry permit. So I believe it will be safer than the current open carry law that has so few people that understand it because there is no training for it.
  • by Tim Location: EC on Aug 13, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    No REAL crime in Eau Claire??? What do you live under a rock??? There is so much crime in Eau Claire they are adding onto the Jail as there is not not enough room for all of the criminals as it is!!!
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