This might be interesting in light of my exchange in August with the Jefferson County DA who is supportive of charging disorderly conduct for open carry. I asked him how he would successfully prosecute people for concealed carry if open carry is not left as the [per Wis. Supreme Court] required practical manner of exercising their right to bear arms. The case could be interesting additionally insofar as the police state they believe the individual carried his firearm for the purpose of security--- hmmm... that sound like a word that appears in our state constitution.
WHITEWATER – University Police arrested Stephen D. Schuerr, 39, of Burlington on Tuesday morning on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a firearm in a state building.
The arrest took place on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus without incident just after 8 a.m.
Schuerr is a student at UW-Whitewater and came to the attention of University Police after they received information that Schuerr had been carrying a weapon in a backpack that he also brought to campus. The University Police followed up on the information and were able to detain Schuerr before he went to class on Tuesday morning.
UW-Whitewater Police Chief Matt Kiederlen said Schuerr was carrying a loaded 45-caliber pistol. Schuerr made no threats to anyone or any institution, Kiederlen said. It is not believed that Schuerr intended to harm anyone and was carrying the weapon for his own personal protection.
“Thanks to the initial information provided by the community and the city of Whitewater Police Department contact, our officers, specifically Officer Mike Sacco and Officer Nicolas Thompson, were able to conduct a detailed investigation which led to the arrest of an individual possessing a firearm on campus,” Kiederlen said. “While we have no evidence to believe his intentions were anything other than personal protection, we are glad to remove a weapon which was inappropriately being carried on our campus. This incident is an example of how community involvement and interdepartmental cooperation can protect our citizens. My thanks go out to those who were willing to become involved.”
Kiederlen said his office is in contact with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office concerning filing charges against Schuerr.