Political News by Jeff Nasss
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
"The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation, or any other lawful purpose."
I am not sure what is so hard to understand in these two simple sentences. The first, as you know, is Federal; the second is the State of Wisconsin.
Like many "gun" groups, both pro and anti, their opinions of what should be allowed has not changed. In our own membership there is a wide variety of opinions on what should be done. As stated many times, WI-FORCE's position is Permitless Carry (which some call "Constitutional Carry"). Again, the key word is what can be "passed." WI-FORCE is committed to getting the best bill possible that will allow the citizens of Wisconsin to exercise their constitutional rights. WI-FORCE has been meeting with the leaders from some of the other legitimate organizations on their concerns about a personal protection bill. How soon will this happen? As we have stated before, Madison has several issues on the agenda with jobs listed as number one. Passing a bill before summer is possible, but we may be looking at this fall as more feasible.
If you investigate all the laws and restrictions that you must follow to carry openly, you will find that you almost need to be a lawyer to understand it all. Even our friends whose organizations' main focus has been open carry state that you are responsible to investigate and abide by all laws, not to rely on just what they have published. Those that just want to remove one, two or three statutes will not achieve our goal of returning our inalienable rights to defend ourselves. Self defense in all forms should be included in any bill or removal of statutes. This would include, but is not limited to, open and concealed carry of firearms, edged weapons, chemicals, and stun guns. Permits from all States should be recognized. A video approximately 4 hours in length produced by the State, including three hours on the legal responsibilities of using force in self defense by the Attorney General, and an hour of general firearms safety training should be available. This video would emphasize that it is the individual's responsibility to obtain the proper amount of training to match their needs. If some form of "Shall Issue" has to be passed, we are looking at the following: Be able to legally own a firearm, watch the 4 hour video, and complete an application with the same information currently used for background checks for handguns. This form would include acknowledgement of watching the 4 hour video and understanding your responsibilities, with the form signed and submitted by an approved instructor. To become a state approved instructor you will need to be a certified instructor by any nationally recognized certified instructor (NRA, DNR, LE, etc.). As a permit will need to be mailed, an express system would be allowed so local law enforcement could do a quick permit in emergency situations.
Additional provisions: permit would be of paper issue, permit holder may purchase and immediately take possession of handguns during retail purchase, weapons may be carried openly or concealed, and recognition of the right to self-defense, of all state permits. As we would recognize all permits, non-residents can get a permit from their own state or one of the many other states that issue non-resident permits.
Every citizen has the right to make choices on how to defend themselves based on their individual needs. A one-size-fits-all requirement mandated by the State cannot meet the requirements of all the residents of the State. WI-FORCE will protect not just the rights of the rich, the young or healthy citizen, but also (and maybe more importantly) the poor and the physically challenged.
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