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Appleton: AR-15 Open-Carriers Harrassed By Police

Residents urge changes after gun-carrying incident in downtown Appleton

APPLETON — Residents who were upset that two men carried rifles near the downtown farmers market in early September flooded City Hall with electronic messages and called for corrective action, a review of public records showed.

Using the state’s public records law, Post-Crescent Media reviewed more than a dozen written comments from residents, along with internal emails discussing how to handle the situation from a city government perspective.

“As long as there are people with guns walking around this city, my family will not be,” wrote Adam Fredrick of Appleton.

Appleton police encountered two Fox Cities residents open carrying AR-15 rifles on College Avenue toward the market on Sept. 7. The men were legally carrying the rifles, but were detained and ultimately released without tickets.

“If these idiots are this paranoid perhaps they should stay home and protect their fortress and not wander around on the streets,” wrote Mary Rutten of Appleton. “I do not want to live like this where people feel they have to carry guns to protect themselves at a public and/or family event.”

The situation set off sharp admonishment from law enforcement around the state. Read more

Source: Appleton Post Crescent/Gannett

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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.

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  1. Edgar says:

    You Mr. Graff are a liar. Those that chose to enter a farm market event with uncased AR-15’s were not harassed by the police. On the contrary, they were there to harass those who’s sole intent was to enjoy an open-air market.

    Any other read is a complete misrepresentation of the facts. I was there and saw it from my booth at the event. Shame on you and them for this blatant attempt to create trouble at a peaceful and sanguine event.

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