Information on Open Carry Contact by Appleton Police Department
September 12, 2013 at 3:18pm
At approximately 8:56 AM, on Saturday, September 7, 2013, the Outagamie County Emergency Dispatch Center received three 911 calls. Each of the callers reported seeing two males, walking eastbound on West College Avenue, in the direction of the Downtown Appleton Farm Market. The callers indicated concern as they reported each subject as wearing either an assault rifle or machine gun on their backs. Appleton Police Department officers responded to the area and made contact with two individuals in the 400 block of W. College Avenue.
Due to the nature of the call, combined with the officers’ observations of the subjects walking toward the farm market armed with rifles, they were briefly detained at the scene. The firearms were identified as AR-15 rifles. Both subjects told officers they were also wearing concealed handguns. The individuals indicated they were walking to the Downtown Appleton Farm Market and were exercising their right to open carry the AR-15 rifles. They possessed the proper paperwork for the concealed handguns on their persons. After determining the subjects did not intend to harm people and were legally able to possess the aforementioned weapons, the individuals were allowed to leave.
The Appleton Police Department has no ongoing investigation and considers the issue resolved.
The Appleton Police Department will not be providing
additional statements in regard to this incident.