MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Retired police officers in Wisconsin’s largest city may soon be allowed to carry concealed weapons.
The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission is expected to approve the measure today. A federal law passed in 2004 lets retired officers carry hidden weapons if they get proper training. And it trumps Wisconsin’s long-running ban on concealed carry for non-officers.
Milwaukee retirees would have pass background checks, get firearms training, and go through a certification procedure. And they’d have to pay $100 a year for permits.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn proposed the idea. He said other Wisconsin agencies allow retirees to carry hidden heat, and they don’t report any problems with it.
The state Justice Department has 18 of its retired agents carrying concealed weapons. Racine County has been certifying retirees for 5 years, and about two dozen go through the process. Dane County has about 3 dozen retirees certified – and officials say it makes more officers available in situations that might call for a use of deadly force.