In the ongoing evolution of Wisconsin gun law, a Milwaukee County judge has ruled the state’s ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional as applied to a man who had an unloaded, encased gun under his car seat three days after he had been robbed at gunpoint in the same area of the city.
In an eight-page decision and order, Circuit Judge J.D. Watts agreed that for Jeremy Pinnow to exercise his right to bear arms for security and self-defense, he had few other choices.
Watts’ ruling comes as gun rights advocates expect the new Republican-controlled Legislature to allow concealed carry in Wisconsin, one of two states, along with Illinois, that ban it entirely. At least one Wisconsin prosecutor last year declared he would not enforce the current concealed carry ban in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Chicago’s handgun ban.
But unless Watts’ order gets appealed, it would not likely become a green light for all drivers to keep guns in the front seat area, even if the weapons are unloaded and encased. Read more
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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About the Author: Corey Graff is the executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO), a pro-gun activist, and a life-long gun owner from Wisconsin.