Article I section 25 of the Wisconsin state constitution reads: "The people have the right
to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose". It does not say the people have the privilege
to keep and bear arms -----.
We understand the enormous difference, apparently you do not as you seem to use right and privilege in the same context.
The legislature can not infringe on a constitutional right by adding prodedures and restrictions to it. It can do so at will to a privilege.
We understand the extreme responsibility that comes with exercising the right to carry. We are also adamant that those rights are not up for barter.
The frustration we have is the lack of universal acceptance by local law enforcement that the right to keep and bear arms exists. Those LEO's that refuse to recognize our right to carry and subject us to undue (and in my opinion unconstitutional) harassment present a formidable challenge to us.
As formidable as that challenge is we are not about to compromise our rights by adding training, background checks, location restrictions and other infringements just to earn their favor, especially when there is strong recognition of our open carry rights by the state supreme court, the attorney general office, a number of local law enforcement and the governor himself.
I think I speak for all when I say we will not trade our open carry rights for a conceal carry privilege just to stop the intimidation and harrasment from some hardcase LEO's. LEO's that want laws that only read to their advantage
[my emphasis DH].