Open-Carry At County Picnic

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  1. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

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    I really hope nothing goes awry with this:

    Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and guns at La Crosse County, WI picnic

    Associated Press
    Updated: 05/13/2009 06:55:10 AM CDT

    A picnic open to the public at a park in La Crosse County will offer free brats and hamburgers and an invitation to bring your gun.

    Sunday's picnic at Marvin Gardens Park in the town of Onalaska celebrates a recent opinion from state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen that citizens who openly carry firearms should not be cited for disorderly conduct, said organizer Hubert Hoffman.

    The picnic is open to everyone, including children and those who don't want to bring a gun, Hoffman said.

    The gun rights advocate said it's a way to let the public know that openly carrying a firearm isn't dangerous or risky.

    La Crosse County sheriff's Capt. Mike Horstman said Hoffman is "legally entitled" to host the open-carry picnic.
     
  2. artabr

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    It will be the safest spot in town. ;)


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  3. mrkirker

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    So Pinecone, what will you be 'packin'? :)
     
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    Looks like nothing bad happened at this event:

    Wisconsin picnic draws 100 people packing guns
    Associated Press
    Updated: 05/18/2009 07:24:51 AM CDT

    About 200 people showed up for a picnic in La Crosse County which was organized to promote openly carrying firearms.

    About half came packing heat.

    Sunday's weather cooperated for the open-carry picnic at Marvin Garden's Park in the town of Onalaska.

    Organizer Hubert Hoffman said the event promotes the recent opinion from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen who said those who openly carry firearms should not be cited for disorderly conduct.

    Hoffman said the event show that people who openly carry a gun are not a threat.
     
  6. PPK 32

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    Great news, but I am a little puzzled--isn't WI a no carry state?
     
  7. pinecone70

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    Hmm. According to http://www.handgunlaw.us/ Wisconsin doesn't issue permits for concealed carry or honor other states' permits. Open carry is legal though. Huh, interesting....
     
  8. artabr

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    All the more reason for open carry.



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  9. questor

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    As you stated Wisconsin has no permit system and prohibits carrying. But the Attorney General issued a ruling about open carrying. Surely there must me someone on this forum from WI that can explain why the open carry ruling and what prompted the ruling in the 1st place.

    Yes, very interesting.

    just located this:
    LIVE VIDEO:
    Wis. Attorney General JB Van Hollen Stands His Ground On Open Carry

    Myra Sanchick FOX 6 Reporter

    May 11, 2009
    WITI-TV, WEST BEND - After Wisconsin's attorney general said police should not automatically charge someone with disorderly conduct for openly carrying a gun, citizens and police departments have a lot to consider. FOX 6's Myra Sanchick tells you how JB Van Hollen stood firm on his opinion when he met with law enforcement Monday.

    http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-090511-open-carry,0,2079684.story
     
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  10. armedandsafe

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    WI law prohibits only carrying concealed. It doesn't address open carry at all. Thus, some people say that anything which is not prohibited is legal. Others say that only that which is specifically allowed is legal.

    Those who say open carry is illegal because the state law doesn't say it is legal should be asked, "Under which state law are you allowed to breathe?"

    Pops
     
  11. Lotsdragon

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    See if this was legal in all states you would see a drop in violent crime, true some people would carry out crimes of passion but they do that anyways.
     
  12. The 9th Amendment says: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

    And the 10th Amendment says: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

    Seems clear enough to me! ;)
     
  13. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    Ah, but you are not a politician/

    Pops
     
  14. USMC-03

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    Or an appellate court judge…
     
  15. dbrodin

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    The Wisconsin constitution specifically grants the right to carry, no law is necessary. There is a law that prohibits concealed carry. The courts have recently upheld the right to carry without a permit. Some towns have been saying if you openly carry in a public place, you will be charged with disturbing the peace. The Attorney General issued a opinion that, in light of the court rulings, that carrying, by it's self, can not be considered disturbing the peace. The police chief in Milwaukee is ignoring that, and issued orders to "take down" anyone carrying. A Federal lawsuit was filed a few weeks ago against the city over it.

    Dale :(:(
     
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