Dear OCDO members:
As it says on the web site:
Wisconsin Carry is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reclamation of the basic rights critical to a free society. Our organization believes in the founding principles of our country and our constitution: That all are created equal, that governments exist to protect the rights of individuals, and that governments derive their power from the consent of the governed. The Second Amendment of our Federal constitution explicitly affirms one of the limitless number of rights we enjoy as human beings. The right to keep and bear arms. In 1998 79% of the voters in the great state of Wisconsin voted Article 1 Section 25 into our state constitution. "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose". We believe that "Open-Carry" and "Conceal Carry" are choices to be made by law-abiding citizens based on what suits their needs best. Our mission is to preserve, advance and expand these basic rights which law-abiding citizens are entitled to have a practical ability to exercise.
To that end, Wisconsin Carry, Inc. filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the Wisconsin GFSZA. ALL membership fees go towards funding these lawsuits.
If you haven't joined Wisconsin Carry, please consider doing so. Annual membership is $15. "Membership" is very important for several reasons. Your membership in Wisconsin Carry will afford you:
-Charter membership in an organization that has demonstrated it will take marked action to support and defend your rights in Wisconsin.
-Access to our semi-annual conference call/web chat where you can gain information directly from the Wisconsin Carry board and also share your thoughts and ideas.
-The opportunity to be a part of Wisconsin Carry as one of our county-level coordinators which will be selected from members who would like to be active in our efforts.
"Membership" is extremely important because in addition to providing critical funding for this and future lawsuits, it allows us to have a vetted network of freedom-minded gun owners in Wisconsin who have demonstrated their support of our cause. With this screened group we can share non-public information with. Something we wouldn't be able to do with a public "anyone can come and go" forum.
Wisconsin Carry does not disparage the efforts of any other gun rights groups in Wisconsin. We have been contacted by other Wisconsin gun-rights groups who have expressed their support of our efforts, but in the end Wisconsin Carry, Inc. is the organization that put forth the effort BEFORE seeking funding.
Membership numbers are assigned sequentially. Join now and your low member number will demonstrate to your children and grandchildren that you became a part of the fight to preserve freedom in Wisconsin when the fight was new.
Yes, we understand money is tight, but with over 2,000 signatures on the petition, if every individual who signed donated just $15, we would have $30,000 to use for this and future lawsuits, for educational materials, etc.
Given the thousands of dollars that were invested by individual OC supporters in 2009 with various OC events, I do not believe $15 is too much to ask.
If you would simply like to be notified where OC and CC stands in Wisconsin from time to time, then sign our petition as that will get your name on the mailing list. However, if you firmly be, as the board does, that "Open-Carry" and "Conceal Carry" are choices to be made by law-abiding citizens based on what suits their needs best, then a $15 donation will make you an official member.
Membership also becomes important as Wisconsin moves forward with CC legislation which almost everybody here believes WILL HAPPEN sooner rather than latter. Do we approach the legislature with 5,000 members with the ability to influence friends and relatives to the count of 15,000 or 20,000 people (enough to potentially change an election outcome) or do we approach the legislature as just 5 guys.
The decision to join is yours of course, and we do not disparage anyone who chooses not to join, but we do not believe that $15 (1-shirt, 1-pair of pants, 3 - pizzas, 3 -subs, 3-cases of soda) is too much to ask for standing up for your constitutional rights.
As to a "life time" membership, we do not have such a thing at this time. Your Wisconsin Carry, Inc. membership number is just that, your permanent number, but we are set up to have an annual membership/donation of $15 anything one can give in addition is greatly appreciated. Giving in excess of $100 gives you a "founders" membership number under 999.
Please feel free to contact any of the Wisconsin Carry, Inc. Board of Directors with additional questions.
Hubert Hoffman, Vice President
Wisconsin Carry, Inc.