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Milwaukee PD Targets Concealed Carry, Demands Law Change

| March 13, 2012 | 13 Comments
WGO on Milwaukee's Police Chief Flynn and open carry ...

WGO on Milwaukee's Police Chief Flynn and open carry ...

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.


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Corey Graff is the executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO), a pro-gun activist, and a lifelong gun owner from Wisconsin.

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  1. Ron says:

    Typical cop, I don’t care what one it is, they do not want us carrying guns. Some will say that they are ok with it, but they hate it, they also think they should be the only ones to be able to defend themselves. Bottom line they can’t protect my family, or yours. This chief should get voted out.

  2. Jeff says:

    Chief Flynn is just as pictured. A “Jack Booted Thug” who has no concept of out Constitutional rights. The man is the biggest “Socialist Libertard” we have ever seen. Maybe he should spend a little time getting his “troops” out of the donut shops and out on the streets. Since Concealed Carry has not been a problem, why not deal with the real problem which is rampant crime. Too bad he is appointed and not elected. He would be gone in a heartbeat.

  3. Ray Glazner says:

    Its not all cops most are ok with cc it the chiefs who are political people
    I was a police com.for15yearsandhave the greatest respect for most street cops its just the higher ups who fear the public

  4. William Wright says:

    Since the chief is so fond of making things into felonies, how about we charge him with one; like attempting to deprive us of our civil rights.
    It is so typical of police chiefs to be anti-gun. They are after all, politicians more than anything else.
    If armed citizens are too frightening for the police, they need to take up a different profession. Even the dumbest criminal knows not to do his crime in the presence of a police officer; so we need to be able to defend ourselves, and to keep the criminals guessing whether we are armed or not.

  5. Scott Schoemann says:

    Wrong. The typical cop is pro-CCW, the typical politician/administrator/chief is anti everything the “typical cop” is for.

  6. Scott Schoemann says:

    AMEN Ray! Most people have no clue because they only see the Adam Henrys in the news!

  7. Bergman says:

    Simple Solution:

    Wisconsin police are not immune to citizen’s arrest. It’s reasonable to assume that anyone who swears an oath will keep it. After all, our entire court system runs on this reasonable belief. A guy in police uniform violating the oath that police swear is obviously an impersonator, not a real cop.

    Impersonating a police officer is a misdemeanor, which increases to a felony if the impersonation is to aid or abet the commission of a crime. Assault and battery are crimes, and dressing as a police officer causes law-abiding citizens to not resist those crimes, thus aiding and abetting the commission of those crimes.

    A public official using his official authority under color of law to violate a constitutional right, such as the right to keep and bear arms, violates Title 18, Chapter 13, Section 242 of the U.S. code. In other words, he commits a crime.

    If a person in a police uniform violates the police oath and commits a federal crime, it is reasonable to assume that they are a police impersonator. So tackle them, take their gun away, and hold them at gunpoint until you can verify whether they can lawfully wear the uniform or not.

    Hey, if it were illegal to do that, real cops wouldn’t do that, right?

  8. Harvey says:

    There are federal laws that gives the citizen proper recourse to charge anyone in a court of law who deprives him or her of their constitutional protected rights:


    § 241. Conspiracy against rights

    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

    If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured –

    They shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results, they shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life.

    § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such inhabitant being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life.

    Read this carefully and you as a citizen can see what power you have.
    All you have to do is be a belligerent claimant of your rights.

  9. Damian says:

    Why can’t the peaple of wi protect thereself and there family the police are always to late criminals will always carry guns we can’t take a knive to a gun fight or hands to be exact.

  10. Bryan says:

    This is not the “typical” cop attitude unless you are talking about a large and very liberal city. Most police officers will straight up tell you to be armed and defend yourself. An officer once told me that if he needed a gun when he gets there 5 minutes after I call 911, then I sure as hell should have had a gun on me 5 minutes earlier when I called.

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