Yesterday (30 July, 2009), a friend of mine who is in the Wisconsin State Patrol noticed a motocyclist parked on the shoulder of the a highway in northern Wisconsin. The motorcyclist had a pistol in a holster on his hip.
Realizing the potential danger that the motorcyclist was in, the trooper stopped to assist. He approached the motorcyclist and notified him that he (the motorcyclist)was legally open carrying. He then asked if he was aware of Wisconsin firearms laws. The motorcyclist had a State of Michigan CCW permit, and thought that it was accepted in Wisconsin. The trooper explained to him that Wisconsin was probably one of the few states where it definitely was not accepted, and that in Wisconsin, it was a crime to have a loaded gun in a vehicle. The motorcyclist was traveling to South Dakota. The Trooper told him that he believed that the Michigan permit was accepted there, but he was not sure about Minnesota.
The Trooper advised the motorcyclist to place the unloaded pistol in one of the motorcyles storage containers when he resumed his trip, as the next trooper who met him might not be as pro-second amendment as he was. He then gave the motorcyclist information as to where he might obtain the drive belt that he needed for his motorcyle, and wished him an enjoyable trip.
I post this because we hear of so many negative interactions with peace officers, and we do not often hear of the positive ones. In this case the officer went out of his way to assist the motorcyclist to try to keep him out of trouble. If he was anti-freedom, he could as easily left the motorcylist in a state of ignorance and informed other troopers of the possibility of an arrest for concealed carry once the motorcyclist resumed his trip.
I have told the officer that I will not post his name on the forum.