Friday, July 02, 2010

Concealed Carry Arrives in Wisconsin

This is (so far) a unique reaction to McDonald.

Jackson County District Attorney Gerald R. Fox has declared that, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this week that the Second Amendment clearly applies to the states, he will no longer prosecute people for carrying concealed weapons, or certain other gun related offenses.

The high court's ruling in McDonald vs. Chicago, "immediately renders some of Wisconsin's current laws unconstitutional," Fox said in a news release. Therefore, he said, his office won't take any cases police might refer that are solely about violations of concealed carry, uncased or loaded weapons in vehicles, guns in public buildings or where alcohol is sold or served. Nor will Fox prosecute the possession of switchblade and other types of easy-opening knives.

Umnnhhhh, well.

The local cop-shop (Black River Falls) isn't thrilled; they're going to issue municipal citations instead of State cites.

Chisholm works to the moderate middle:

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said he's not really surprised that some district attorney would take this approach, because he fully expected the outcome in the McDonald case.

"But I think the proper forum to resolve this is in the courts and Legislature," Chisholm said. "Until then, the only responsible course of action is to enforce the laws."

Yah, well, John, the Governor of this State--an ideologue--vetoed CCW legislation despite a clear warning from SCOWI that the State's legal paranoia would lead to problems.

Meantime, be polite--VERY polite-- while in Black River Falls.

1 comment:

Shane said...

Dear Fellow Wisconsite,

Now is the time to reclaim our natural-born right to self-defense. Come January, we will have a Republican Governor and majorities in the Senate and Assembly. Let's hope our legislators recognize these rights and pass a "Constitutional Carry" bill. Please follow the link to find out how you can help