Ban on firing at will in Eau Claire County parks approved

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Eau Claire County Board passed a new ordinance that keeps people who carry loaded guns in county parks from firing at will.

Before Wisconsin's conceal carry law took effect, guns were only allowed if there were unloaded and encased. Mike Torud with the Eau Claire County Parks and Forestry Department says people carrying a gun now need to have a valid concealed carry permit to do so and cannot shoot guns in the park unless it is in self-defense. Shooting for target practice or "just because" will no longer be permitted once the ordinance takes effect.

Violators can be fined up to about $263.

Torud says signs should be up in parks in about the next two weeks.

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