WGO article found here.
Milwaukee, Wis. – The head of Milwaukee’s police force — notorious anti-gunner Chief Ed Flynn — is demanding changes to Wisconsin’s new concealed weapons law, changes that will seriously infringe the rights of gun owners. This despite the fact that the new law has not caused any problems but has in fact begun to thwart crime.
Even so, Flynn and Milwaukee bureaucrats are determined to concoct problems out of thin air that don’t exist in order to begin to dismantle lawful CCW and turn Wisconsin into a guilty-until-proven-innocent Stalinist state.
One of the so-called proposed “improvements” to Wisconsin’s CCW law would ban anyone with three misdemeanor convictions in five years from obtaining a permit.
However, as Nik Clark of Wisconsin Carry, Inc. pointed out in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story, “There’s a whole bunch of things that are misdemeanors,” Clark said. “Some of them I don’t think are things that should preclude people from having the right to self-defense. There’s a protester in Madison. He’s protesting Governor Walker and he gets a ticket for obstruction. That’s a misdemeanor. Let’s say someone is very active politically and they want to go protest but when they do so three times — you know, politically active season here in Milwaukee and in Madison — and three times someone gets a disorderly conduct or a disturbing the peace, or any of those misdemeanors.”
Joel Plant, chief of staff with the Milwaukee Police Department, also claimed that anyone who was not convicted of a misdemeanor due to a plea bargain from an original felony charge should not be able to carry a gun.
And, lastly, anti-gun proponents want to increase the penalty for someone carrying without a permit from a misdemeanor to a felony. “The sanctions they face are not significant,” Flynn said. “No matter how many times they are caught with that gun, the charge is a misdemeanor. It’s a misdemeanor for the first offense, it’s a misdemeanor for a 10th offense. That’s why I say they’re more afraid to get caught without their gun than with their gun.”
This last draconian measure would make Constitutional Carry — carry with no permit — a felony.
“Has Chief Flynn ever read the Constitution he swore an oath to uphold and protect?” asked Corey Graff, executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners (WGO). “Instead of going after criminals who run rampant throughout Milwaukee, Chief Flynn is going after an easier target: law-abiding gun owners.”
According to Graff, WGO is lobbying to improve Wisconsin’s concealed weapons law by modeling it after Alaska’s system. They say legislators will begin work soon to revise the law making carry by permit for Wisconsin residents optional for those who want one for reciprocity with other states requiring a permit.
But for Wisconsin residents the permit will not be required. “As long as you may legally own and possess the gun, you’ll be able to carry it,” Graff added.