Wisconsin Gun Laws
No More Laws: Rescission of laws is what WI Needs
Wisconsin gun rights established, currently allows the law abiding citizen to openly carry arms. WI Governor Jim Doyle in March 2006 said, “If you want to carry a gun in Wisconsin, wear it on your hip.” It is perfectly legal. It is not legal to conceal carry and there have been many restrictions placed on law abiding citizens on where you can carry.
Many advocates of gun rights and Conceal Carry are pushing for legislation that consists of more laws. Wisconsin already has too many bills on the books. More laws will only complicate the issues and cause the government to expand. More legislation and more government are not what the citizens’ want or need in order to simplify their lives, and to keep the government from intrusion and expansion.
Some advocates feel that to legislate “some form of conceal carry” is the right thing to do. On the surface, this all sounds good. However, the last two bills that passed the WI State legislature were bad bills. They would have placed further restrictions on law abiding citizens exercising their rights as established in the Constitutions of this great state and nation. Either bill would have disallowed the right to Open Carry as is currently lawful in the WI State Constitution.
Constitutional Carry is what law abiding citizens should be allowed to do. Constitutional Carry is the legal right to carry; regardless of whether it is openly or concealed carried as is currently the rule of law in Vermont, Arizona and Alaska. It is established such in both the United States Constitution and in the Wisconsin State Constitution.
The 2nd Amendment written in the United States Constitution is very simple and straight forward. …the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
The Wisconsin State Constitution, Article 1, Section 25 states: The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.
The Wisconsin language, created in 1998, along with the Constitution of the United States, establishes the right to “keep and bear Arms.” There is no mention of where or when or how to keep and bear Arms. There is no requirement for permits or fees or training for that matter. Further laws enacted created these restrictions on law abiding citizens.
While many other states have different forms of conceal carry laws, many of these laws include further forms of government restrictions, government expansion and intrusions into the lives of the American people. These intrusions include but are not limited to mandatory permits and the charging of fees. While it is the duty of law abiding citizens to be responsible there should be no restrictions placed upon these citizens which create burdens.
Therefore it is necessary to not legislate more; we simply need to rescind two WI State Statutes:
- WI State Statute 941.23 – Carrying Concealed Weapons needs to be rescinded completely.
- WI State Statute 167.31 – Safe Use and Transportation of Firearms and Bows needs to be rescinded completely.
This regulation was brought forth by the Department of Natural Resources. DNR issues, such as poaching and safe transportation, should be addressed directly in reference to hunting and fishing and should not be applied to personal protection.
There are other laws, for instance in regards to gun free school zones that are currently in litigation that will also need to be addressed depending on the outcome of the litigation.
However, by simply rescinding both of the statutes stated above, law abiding citizens will be free to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights regardless of type of carry and will bring us one step closer to Constitutional Carry which is the original intention of our Founding Fathers.
Wisconsin Carry, Inc www.wisconsincarry.org and the Wisconsin Patriot Coalition, along with other groups, have performed extensive research into this subject. These organizations have no legal authority. These organizations encourage and promote training but do not believe in government mandates which restrict the rights of law abiding citizens and place unnecessary burdens upon these citizens. To join the cause, stay current in the discussion and development of progress, please visit their websites or contact the author, Annette Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.