In addition to Wisconsin considering microstamping legislation, it looks like Ed Rendell’s buddy, Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, is pushing some of the same issues. He’s suggesting local communities be allowed to pass their own ordinances regulating firearms. The attorney general recently issued an opinion reminding law enforcement officials that carrying firearms openly was lawful in the State of Wisconsin. No matter though, the Milwaukee Police Chief says he’ll just ignore it.
“My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it,” Flynn said. “Maybe I’ll end up with a protest of cowboys. In the meantime, I’ve got serious offenders with access to handguns. It’s irresponsible to send a message to them that if they just carry it openly no one can bother them.”
How many gang bangers, shooting it out on the streets of Milwaukee, are openly carrying their gat? It’s a lawful activity, and Wisconsin’s recent right to bear arms constitutional provision, passed in 1998, protects that right from local interference.
If the City of Milwaukee wants to deal with multiple federal civil rights suits, under Section 1983 of Title 42 of the United States Code, they’re welcome. In fact, I dare him to do what he’s suggesting. I would remind Cheif Ed Flynn that Section 1983 allows a plantiff to sue you personally, not just you in your official capacity, for violation of civil rights. So if you want to end up paying for a gun rights activist’s ammo supply for the rest of his life, I’d urge the City to get Flynn on a leash now, while this can still be handled cheaply. Once faces start hitting concrete, all bets are off.
I would urge open carry activists in Wisconsin to laywer up. Get good ones who know how to handle 1983 suits. Plan this out. Don’t just tell every yahoo to open carry in downtown Milwaukee and then end up creating a mess.
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