Reaction to Van Hollen's opinion was immediate if varied. Open-carry advocates hailed his words.

"AG Van Hollen's opinion is spot on," co-founder Mike Stollenwerk said, "and is consistent with other state AG opinions."

But the group says two major problems still need to be resolved for open carriers in Wisconsin - the ban on carrying openly in vehicles and a 1,000-foot school zone gun carry ban.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jim Doyle said local communities should be able to adopt their own ordinances relating to guns, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, while WISN of Milwaukee reports that Milwaukee police chief Ed Flynn has told his officers to ignore the attorney general and if they see anybody carrying a gun to "put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide if the person has a right to carry it."