It definitely was a great time in Rothschild. It was really nice to meet people and put faces to the people on OCDO. For me, BrewTownBagger, Flipper, MotoFixxer, Comp45acp, Grant Guess, Goforlow, Ccwinstructor, are now real people. And of course, it was also great to see some familiar names and faces that I've met before. During the 4 1/2 hr gathering, I would estimate about 100 different people came to celebrate and enjoy the company. A few local patrons got their nerves rattled a bit, but as usual everything ended up peachy-dandy.
Senator Galloway most certainly deserves our gratitude. She had the courage to come forth with a Constitutional Carry bill which garnered so much support that it tempered the establishment to produce the signed bill. Without the positive and constructive contributions of people on this forum like Brass Magnet, Captain Nemo, Paul Fisher, and so many others ( I miss a bunch, so forgive me) way back in the beginning of 2011 and through all of the legislative processes we would have had a mess. YOU are the "checks and balances" and I thank you all for getting involved, from putting together sample legislation to contacting your legislators and going out and gaining support for our right to defend ourselves.
Darren LaSorte told me at the party afterwards that NRA legal beagles have carefully gone through the final product and have concluded that it is the best shall-issue bill in the nation. It's not Constitutional Carry, and I am very disappointed that it's not. But, the ground we gained with this bill is tremendous. We will continue to pursue our goal of Constitutional Carry. Several legislators, including Sen. Galloway will not let this be the end.
Wisconsin Carry, Inc played a huge role in this entire process. It's members were given the knowledge and tools to become actively involved. I will forever believe that without WCI's involvement, the bill that was signed on Friday would have simply been a re-drafted of the ones that Doyle vetoed. Even though I might be biased, I believe that Wisconsin Carry was the impetus which gave the legislators the initial support to feel that they could be successful with Constitutional Carry. Other organizations followed suit.
It is our job to educate the public about keeping and bearing arms properly and safely. By our example, we become the best public relation tool that our cause could have. Encourage proper training and engage in constructive dialogue about our rights and self defense issues with friends and family and then expand to work environments and other social venues.
And yes, as Trip20 mentioned in a different thread, I have the Governor's signature, as well as Senator Galloway's, on my own copy of the bill. It is going in my gun vault.