Wisconsin Carry, Inc. was incorporated in November of 2009.
Wisconsin Carry, Inc 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 numbers 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.
On January 8th, 2010 we filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin's Gun-Free-School-Zone statute. We also brought 2 members who had been unlawfully harassed/arrested by police for legally open-carrying as co-plaintiffs. We have already been successful with a damage award judgment of $10,000 against the City of Racine for their part of the lawsuit. The portion of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Gun-Free-School-Zone statute is still working its way through the litigation process. We also began a membership drive on that date and we are now the fastest growing gun-rights group in Wisconsin.
We are 100% volunteer. We are devoted exclusively to advancing the rights of law-abiding Wisconsin Citizens to carry. Currently "Open-Carry" is the only way Wisconsinites are legally allowed to carry. Thousands of our members do so on a daily basis in Wisconsin. We are also working to bring a conceal-carry law to be put in place in Wisconsin. We are the only gun rights organization in the state that actively advocates for individuals to exercise their right to carry NOW via the only legal means, "Open Carry." Wisconsin Carry, Inc. is devoted to preserving and expanding on the rights we have in the hope of getting a Vermont/Alaska/Arizona style carry law.
We stick by our membership. If one of our members is harassed by LEO and/or private business, we work with LEO and/or the business to correct the situation. Woodman's Grocery store changed their policy upon request of the organization.
All membership donations and proceeds from merchandise sales go towards funding the ongoing lawsuit. We anticipate additional legal challenges to the vehicle carry statute, city, county, and state park bans (where they exist), and should the legislature fail to act possibly a challenge to the concealed carry prohibition itself.
Also remember, even if Wisconsin passes a concealed carry law, it most likely would require mandatory training and still would not guarantee that the residents of Wisconsin wouldn't be harassed by LEO or private businesses. Our constitutional right to keep and bear arms is constantly under attack andwework with the legislature to try and stop anti-gun bills like the Micro Stamping bill that I personally testified against in December of 2009.
If this doesn't directly answer your question, please feel free to contact any one of the corporate officers, their contact information can be found here: http://www.wisconsincarry.org/contactus.html
Thank you for your inquiry and I look forward to you joining Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
Hubert Hoffman, Vice President
Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
P.O. Box 270403
Milwaukee, WI. 53227