The Northwestern quotes Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn:
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.
This is response to Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s finding that people can carry guns openly in the state if they do so peacefully. The thing is, Wisconsin is one of 29 states that allow people to openly carry a gun without a permit. Further muddying the waters is the fact that Wisconsin also specifically bans concealed weapons.
So if you exercise your constitutional right to carry, you must do so openly. And if you carry openly, the police are going to jump you. This is no way to run a railroad! One thing is certain … the lawsuits are coming.
Thinking about it, the requirement that personal weapons be carried openly has an appeal. The choice to carry a weapon automatically lets everyone know of your choice. Everything’s above board.
Hat tip to Tamara.