When does the concealed carry law go into effect?

2011 Wisconsin Act 35 takes effect on the first day of the 4th month beginning after publication. Therefore, the law will not become effective until November 1, 2011. There are some sections that take effect on the day after publication (July 23, 2011) or July 1, 2011, the most noteworthy of which are the amendments barring enforcement of state citations for disorderly conduct, and municipal citations of any kind, for the act of carrying a firearm in an open or concealed manner. These provisions are effective July 23, 2011, and are important because they prevent state and local law enforcement from charging an individual for carrying a firearm even before it is legal to engage in concealed carry.  These provisions do not, however, apply to the enforcement of UWS 18, and UWS 18.10(3) remains in effect.