February 15, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Open Carry Showdown at the West Allis Courthouse - 8 AM on Tues, Feb. 17
Unlike Governor Doyle, AG Van Hollen Hides From Open Carry Question[/b][/b]Only 6 states ban open carry, and Wisconsin ain’t one of them.
But somehow the West Allis City Police Department and District Attorney think that they can legislate from the squad car and arrest folks for open carrying, even in their own yard, and confiscate their guns.
Forget for a moment that it’s not illegal to walk down main street in every city in Wisconsin openly carrying a holstered handgun – open carry is constitutionally protected under the federal and state constitutions. But Brad Krause nonetheless was treated like a criminal and arrested.
Adding insult to injury was Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen’s refusal to issue a legal opinion about open carry despite official requests for such opinions by Rep. Terry Musser (R-Black River Falls) and other state legislators.
At least Governor Doyle when he was the Wisconsin Attorney General was a straight shooter on open carry when Doyle told the Wisconsin Supreme Court that the Wisconsin ban on concealed carry passed Constitutional muster because open carry was still a legal option.
OpenCarry.org calls on the law enforcement community of Wisconsin to wake up and smell the coffee – open carry is legal in Wisconsin and all but 6 states.
John Pierce: John@OpenCarry.org
Mike Stollenwerk: Mike@OpenCarry.org
 See[/i] map at http://www.opencarry.org/opencarry.html.
 See[/i] Gene German, A West Allis man was arrested for planting a tree in his yard[/i], Daily Kenoshian, February 13, 2009, available at [/i]http://dailykenoshan.com/index.php?o...amp;Itemid=107.
 See[/i] DC v. Heller
[/i] at 10, available at http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/wp-cont...06/07-2901.pdf
 Richard Moore, Attorney general won't say whether open carry is legal
Disorderly conduct charges blossom across state
, Lakeland Times, January 23, 2009, available at [/i]http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.as...ArticleID=8985
 State v. Hamdan[/i], 665 N.W.2d 785, 808-09 (Wis. 2003) (“For instance, in order to keep and bear arms for the purpose of securing one's own property, a weapon must be kept somewhere and may need to be handled or moved, all within the weapon owner's property. During these times, the firearm will be either visible or concealed. The State argues that even under the strictest enforcement of the CCW statute, a person lawfully in possession of a firearm will always retain the ability to keep the firearm in the open-holding the weapon in the open, keeping the weapon in a visible holster, displaying the weapon on the wall,http://www.opencarry.org/pdf/WI_Doyle.pdf (memorializing Governor Doyle’s challenge to gun owners to wear their guns openly on their hips).