On July 6, 2022, about 78 days ago, the Kenosha County Board voted 17-4 to order the removal of the “No Guns Allowed” signs on most county buildings. The Court House, Sheriff’s Department, Jails, and other buildings will still display the signs due to state law. This vote occurred not long after the “red wave” swept the county board, making it majority-conservative. The County Board ordered two things to be done. First, remove the signs to allow tax-payers to concealed carry a weapon into these buildings. Second, it ordered the County Executive to change the employee manual to allow employees to carry while working. The board members who supported this measure by a 2 to 1 margin argued it would make tax-payers and employees safer by allowing them to protect themselves in an ever-increasingly violent country. In Kenosha County, gun violence is treated very softly by progressive DA Mike Graveley (D). Still, over two months have passed and the signs are still up. County Executive Kerkman can send an email to the facilities director and he would issue a work order to a County employee who would remove the signs with a razor blade and heat gun. The signs would be down in the matter of minutes. Why are they still up?
We asked Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman, who spent decades in the Wisconsin Assembly as a Republican, fighting for the second amendment, why she is leaving the signs up. She told us the following:
“I assure you that I have been working actively with members of my administration on updating the county’s workplace rules as they relate to the County Board’s adopted amendment to 2011 Resolution 63.
I remain supportive of the allowance of the lawful carrying of concealed weapons in county facilities. The amended resolution that the County Board adopted allowed six months to place into effect procedures to enforce this policy, and it is my full intention to do so within that timeline.”
While she addressed half of the county board’s measure, she didn’t tell us why she is delaying taking the signs down for visiting tax-payers. We all know that the majority of mass shootings happen in “gun free” zones like schools. KCE has heard from conservatives that are frustrated with the delay. After seeing the coordinated efforts from the Kenosha County Democratic Party to stop this measure and keep the signs up, some local conservatives think she is waiting until no one is paying attention any longer to take them down, thus reducing the pressure from the left. She has until January of 2023 to take them down. KCE will check in on this issue a couple of months.