Open carry in WI


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ZMP_CTR
May 2, 2008, 12:01 PM
Does WI have a CCW program? I heard you can open carry, but now concealled. True?

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average_shooter
May 2, 2008, 12:07 PM
My understanding is that there is no official policy for civilian CCW, however technically according to the law open carry is legal on public property, private property with permission of landowner, not inside government buildings, etc. If I recall correctly, though, the catch is that open carry is regulated by the DNR or other such agency and is dealt with in the hunting statutes. So that limits what you can carry and in any populated area you are likely to get tagged with "Disturbing the Peace" or something of the like.

But don't take my word for any of this, I am not a lawyer, etc...

ChrisMG
May 2, 2008, 06:26 PM
You cannot carry concealed here, however you are supposed to be able to open carry. The rub is that you will be tagged with disturbing the peace if you walk around town with your pistol strapped to your hip. If you had a lawyer it would be worth getting a few guys together and walking around town, if the issue were pressed take it to court and set the record in stone instead of at the whim of the local police departments (and DNR...ugh).

If I had the money...

Karl Hungus
May 2, 2008, 08:04 PM
Yeah - I think WI and IL are the only two states that don't allow CCW.

So (according to the law at least), I can walk down Main Street with my .44 mag on my hip and freak everybody out, but I can't carry my 9mm under a jacket and not freak everybody out. That makes sense...:banghead:

Winchester 73
May 2, 2008, 08:06 PM
Yeah - I think WI and IL are the only two states that don't allow CCW.

Sadly,you are correct.Thanks to 2 Jim Doyle vetoes.

http://www.handgunlaw.us

Picard
May 2, 2008, 08:36 PM
You cannot carry concealed here, however you are supposed to be able to open carry. The rub is that you will be tagged with disturbing the peace if you walk around town with your pistol strapped to your hip. If you had a lawyer it would be worth getting a few guys together and walking around town, if the issue were pressed take it to court and set the record in stone instead of at the whim of the local police departments (and DNR...ugh).

Has anybody ever been tagged with disturbing the peace or is this just a myth? I read somewhere that some people were organizing an open carry protest but I never found out if they did. I'd be willing in doing that since I live close by.

Coyote Blue
May 2, 2008, 09:34 PM
Has anybody ever been tagged with disturbing the peace or is this just a myth? I read somewhere that some people were organizing an open carry protest but I never found out if they did. I'd be willing in doing that since I live close by.

Try it,Picard.PM me if you need help in front of one of those wonderful Wisconsin judges.
I will rush up as a character witness.

Monkeyleg
May 3, 2008, 12:36 AM
There's been a lot of discussion about open carry marches in WI. Some people have criticized the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Association, of which I'm a board member, for not organizing such marches. However, anyone is free to organize their own marches.

Our friends in Madison have said that we will deal with the open carry issue later this year, and have asked for patience. Their reasons are sound.

If things go as planned, we would have a situation where someone carrying openly could not be arrested for disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace. Under that scenario, we might just see legislators who previously opposed concealed carry begging for a shall-issue law as they get calls complaining about seeing guns carried in the open.

My wife and I plan to leave Wisconsin within two years. It would be icing on the cake to leave with a shall-issue law in place, especially since we'll be coming back often to visit family.

cracked butt
May 3, 2008, 09:23 AM
If things go as planned, we would have a situation where someone carrying openly could not be arrested for disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace. Under that scenario, we might just see legislators who previously opposed concealed carry begging for a shall-issue law as they get calls complaining about seeing guns carried in the open

Hah! That would be outstanding. I work on the lefty liberal East Side and would gladly be 'part of the solution' during my lunch and afterwork everyday. Of course doing so would probably get me death threats and spit on by the 'tolerant liberal human rights crusaders' who populate that weird land, but it would be worth it.

Karl Hungus
May 3, 2008, 11:07 AM
I'm in. I haven't visited The People's Republic in years (I purposely plan travel routes to avoid Madison when I'm passing thru, and not just because of all the librofascists)), but I'd break my fast for this.

buck460XVR
May 3, 2008, 11:19 AM
I'm in also.....with the 686 on my hip and the X-Frame over my shoulder on the sling.

Gubner Doyle is a wuss. We teach gun safety in our schools, we teach archery in our gym classes, and we give excused absences for kids to go deer hunting during the school week.....but we still can't carry concealed. ***?

Kassnar
May 3, 2008, 11:25 AM
Cracked butt- Try living on this side. My wifes choice, not mine. I deal with it but I feel like a Jew in Warsaw (1942) sometimes. It really gives me the chills when I get into a conversation and really listen to some of the statements people make thinking you're in complete agreement with them. They really do believe that big government is the cure-all. :banghead:

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