In Wisconsin it is great victory to be able to defend your family and
yourself in own home or business. We don't ever want this nonsense
to happen in Vermont.
Wis. Court OKs Concealed Arms Exception
.c The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Supreme Court carved out an exception to Wisconsin's ban on concealed weapons Tuesday, ruling that owners of homes and businesses can carry guns on their own property.
The court overturned the conviction of a Milwaukee grocery store owner who was arrested in 1999 when police found he had a loaded gun in his pants pocket. His case was sent back to circuit court.
Justice David Prosser wrote for the majority that ``a citizen's desire to exercise the right to keep and bear arms for purposes of security is at its apex when undertaken to secure one's home or privately owned business.''
Wisconsin's concealed weapons law, in place since the 1870s, prohibits anyone but a peace officer from carrying a concealed weapon. Wisconsin voters approved an amendment in 1998 that says: ``The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.''
The 6-1 ruling allowed home and business owners to carry weapons under the ``lawful purpose'' standard. The more general ban on concealed weapons remains in place.
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