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Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed two bills related to guns on school grounds in April 2022. 

Evers vetoed Assembly Bill 495, which would have allowed people with a concealed carry license to possess a firearm in a vehicle on school grounds. 

Republicans who supported the bill said it would protect parents from accidentally violating state law if they have a firearm in their vehicle when picking up or dropping off children from school. 

Evers also vetoed Assembly Bill 597, which would have allowed people with a concealed carry license to possess a firearm in a place of worship located on the grounds of a private school.

In his veto messages, Evers said the bills would weaken Wisconsin’s gun-free school zone law.

Republicans plan to bring back some of the 100-plus bills Evers vetoed if Republican businessman Tim Michels is elected governor.


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Wisconsin State Legislature: 2021 Assembly Bill 495

Wisconsin State Legislature: LC Bill Hearing Materials

Wisconsin State Legislature: 2021 Assembly Bill 597

Wisconsin State Legislature: Governor’s Veto Message April 8, 2022

State of Wisconsin: Governor’s Veto Message: Assembly Bill 597

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.