Concealed carry prohibited at McCoy
despite state law
|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Members of the Fort McCoy work force and installation visitors are not
allowed to carry privately owned concealed weapons onto the
This prohibition will not end with the implementation of the Wisconsin
Concealed Carry Law, which takes effect Nov. 1, said Fort McCoy Chief of
Police Rob Stapel.
Stapel said as a federal installation Fort McCoy is governed by Army
Regulation 190-11. Paragraph 4-5a(2) of the regulation states that
carrying of a concealed weapon on a federal installation is prohibited
regardless of whether a state or county permit has been obtained.
The general rules for transporting firearms in Wisconsin will not
change, except for concealed-carry permit holders with a handgun. Anyone
transporting firearms, including bringing them onto Fort McCoy, must
continue to follow the general procedures for transporting weapons.
Stapel said the state of Wisconsin requires weapons to be encased in a
carrying case so that no part of the weapon is exposed; the ammunition
must be separated from the weapon, and the weapon must be unloaded. The
weapons must be locked in the trunk of a vehicle, or, if that’s not
possible, placed in a location away from the vehicle occupants, he said.
These procedures are spelled out for people transporting firearms onto
Fort McCoy in Fort McCoy Memorandum 190-2, Privately Owned Weapons.
“People who bring firearms or weapons onto Fort McCoy should tell the
gate guards they are transporting weapons,” he said. “They are subject
to searches by gate guards as part of the installation’s security.”
Procedures to transport firearms to the Fort McCoy Sportsman’s Range,
which is located between Whitetail Ridge Ski Area and Pine View
Campground, are spelled out in a supplement to Fort McCoy Memorandum
190-2, Stapel said.
Paragraph 2 of the supplement reads, “All privately owned weapons
transported in vehicles on Fort McCoy must be locked and in a case in
the vehicle’s trunk, or, if the vehicle has no trunk in a storage area
of the vehicle beyond the reach of the vehicle’s occupants. Ammunition
will be kept separate from the weapons during transportation. At no time
will weapons be transported with ammunition loaded in the weapon,
whether it is a magazine inserted into the weapon, or ammunition loaded
into the cylinder or bore of a firearm. At no time will weapons be
transported under the driver’s seat, in a glove compartment, console or
like location, or in any location as to be considered a concealed
Firearms can be transported onto Fort McCoy if they are authorized and
properly registered and are in the custody of a person authorized by
Fort McCoy Memorandum 190-2 to possess such firearms, Stapel said. These
weapons can be transported onto Fort McCoy to a legal storage area or to
sanctioned activities, such as hunting, target shooting or another
authorized event in which the weapon is used in connection with a
competition or as part of a legitimate display.
Personnel who live in military Family housing — accompanied and
unaccompanied at Fort McCoy to include barracks — are allowed to have
privately owned weapons on the installation, but must register them and
cannot carry them in a concealed manner. They can be transported as
described earlier in the story in a vehicle both on and off post. Stapel
noted these regulations may not apply to personnel who have a specific
requirement to carry firearms as part of their duty, such as
servicemembers on active duty or on orders, or law-enforcement
Information about Fort McCoy Memorandum 190-2 is available on the Fort
McCoy Corporate Network.
Information about Army Regulation 190-11 is available at the website:
requires Army Knowledge Online access.
Information about the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Law is available at the
Anyone with specific questions about transporting a weapon onto Fort
McCoy or the prohibition of carrying a concealed weapon on the
installation can contact the Fort McCoy Police Department at
608-388-2000 and ask for Maj. Robert Nordby.