- Wisconsin Carry, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reclamation of the basic human rights critical to a free society.
- Our organization believes in the founding principles of our country and our constitution: That all are created equal, that governments exist to protect the rights of individuals, and that governments derive their power from the consent of the governed.
- The Second Amendment of our Federal constitution explicitly affirms one of the limitless numbers of rights we enjoy as human beings... The right to keep and bear arms.
- We believe that "Open-Carry" and "Conceal Carry" are choices to be made by law-abiding citizens based on what suits their needs best.
- Our mission is to preserve, advance and expand these basic rights using an “all of the above” approach that includes: education, civil litigation, media/public relations outreach, and grass-roots legislative activism.
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Over the past year, the email service provider Wisconsin Carry uses for mass emails/member emails "Listbox" went out of business. While we have saved our email database to potentially use in the future, due to the proliferation of spam and otherwise cumbersome process of using email to deliver updates, for the time being we will make announcements on our various social media platforms. To connect with Wisconsin Carry, Inc. we encourage people to use one of the following methods. (read more)
On Monday April 9th, 2018 a lawsuit, funded by Wisconsin Carry, Inc., was filed in federal court. This lawsuit sought an injunction against Markesan, WI high school principal John Koopman, who punished a student with 'solitary confinement' for wearing a pro-gun t-shirt to school. This case gained local, national, and international attention. Today Wisconsin Carry, Inc is happy to announce a victory on behalf of the 1st and 2nd Amendments in this case. (read more)
11/10/18 - UPDATE: Federal judge denies school district's motion to dismiss and grants preliminary injunction sought by WCI MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED, PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION GRANTED On Monday April 9th, a lawsuit, funded by Wisconsin Carry, Inc., was filed in federal court. This lawsuit seeks an injunction against a Markesan, WI high school principal John Koopman, who punished a student with 'solitary confinement' for wearing a pro-gun t-shirt to school. (read more)
UPDATE: Senator Fitzgerald refused to move the School Grounds Carry bill forward. Parents will continue to risk a felony if they forget to disarm before taking kids to school/going to after school events, etc. Senator Fitzgerald brags about an A+ NRA rating, but he doesn't deserve it. Operation "Free Families From Felonies Fitz" is underway: It is currently a FELONY for mom's and dad's to drop their kids off at school while armed. If you are carrying, and you drive ONE foot onto a school parking lot/driveway/sidewalk, you are committing a felony. Senate Bill 169 would allow "school grounds carry" in your personal vehicle. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is available for scheduling in the Senate. There is ONE session left in January where the Senate could take up the bill. Senator Scott Fitzgerald is the Senate Majority leader and he determines what bills will get a vote. We need to impress upon Senator Fitzgerald the importance of scheduling a vote on this bill (read more)
Wisconsin Carry Inc. successfully achieved dismissal of a concealed weapon violation against a wrongfully charged military veteran and law-abiding truck driver arrested at a Kenosha weigh station in June of 2016. In spite of the Kenosha DA having to dismiss the charges, Thomas Binger, the Assistant DA Thomas.Binger@da.wi.gov has refused to return the truckers gun. Meanwhile, we have multiple instances of truckers savagely beaten at SE Wisconsin rest stops. (read more)
In June of 2016 a law-abiding Wisconsin semi-truck driver (and military veteran) was charged with a concealed weapon violation for having a loaded, openly carried handgun on the passenger side of his truck while stopped at the Kenosha weigh station on I-94. (See State of Wisconsin vs. Guy Smith). Wisconsin Carry's attorney successfully achieved dismissal of the charges in a case that should have never been prosecuted. (read more)
In January of 2014 Wisconsin Carry Inc. filed a lawsuit against the City of Madison, WI. In that lawsuit, WCI maintains Madison Metro Transit's ban of guns on city buses violates the state's preemption statute (66.0409) which, in order to maintain uniform gun laws across the state, prohibits political subdivisions of the state (municipalities, counties, towns, villages, cites, etc) from passing gun laws stricter than state laws. After a Dane County Circuit Court and the Court of Appeals ruled against WCI, the case was appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to hear this landmark case. Oral arguments took place in September of 2016. The State Department of Justice under pro-freedom Attorney General Brad Schimel filed an amicus brief in the case supporting Wisconsin Carry's position. Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a 5-2 landmark decision sided with Wisconsin Carry Inc. and struck down Madison's ban on concealed or open carry on Madison Metro Transit buses. (read more)
Since Wisconsin's concealed carry law went into effect, the chorus of criticism and mis-appropriate of blame from the usual suspects in the anti-gun crowd, including Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Anti-gun activist Jeri Bonavia, has been well reported on local and state-wide media. The most recent example of concealed carry WORKING in Milwaukee lays bare the baseless attacks on Wisconsin's concealed carry law and exposes, once again, the truth about violent crime in Milwaukee which culpable local officials refuse to address. If we want to solve Milwaukee's crime problem, we must first demand Milwaukee's "leaders" tell the truth (read more)
In June of 2016 a law-abiding Wisconsin semi-truck driver was charged with a concealed weapon violation for having a loaded, openly carried handgun on the floor of his truck while stopped at the Kenosha weigh station on I-94. Wisconsin Carry is funding the legal defense in this case (See State of Wisconsin vs. Guy Smith) New legislation trumps old case-law. Wisconsin Carry believes that changes made to Wisconsin's statutes in Act 35 and the vehicle transport laws make it legal to carry a loaded handgun (regardless of concealment) in your vehicle. (read more)
In the state of Wisconsin a municipality may not arrest someone merely for the act of open carrying a firearm. In July 2013, the village of Somerset did just that to a law-abiding citizen, Mark Hoffman, who went for a walk while open carrying. Wisconsin Carry funded the legal defense for Mr. Hoffman. After a wrongful conviction in municipal court, which was upheld by St. Croix County Circuit Court, The District III court of appeals has struck down the conviction, thus reversing the municipal and circuit courts rulings. (read more)
The Federal Gun-Free-School-Zones law, which has never prevented a single school shooting, allows concealed carry license holders to carry on school grounds. Wisconsin duplicated the Federal GFSZ law in the 90's while our state languished as one of the few states that denied citizens the right to concealed carry. As a result, the provision of the Federal law which allows CCL holders to carry on school grounds was not included in Wisconsin's GFSZ law. Currently, in Wisconsin, you must stop off school grounds, draw your firearm, unload it, and place it in a case before you drive onto the school parking lot, in order to comply with state law. Failure to do so could turn an otherwise law-abiding mother, father or guardian who is innocently picking up or dropping off their kids at school, into a convicted felon. In April of 2016, a law-abiding Wisconsin school teacher, Jarrod Kuehn, who followed the law was arrested and currently faces felony charges for having an UNloaded gun secured in the center console of his vehicle. If Mr. Kuehn was following the law and now faces felony charges, ALL CCL holders should be worried about being wrongly charged with a felony. (read story here) There are over 300,000 concealed carry license holders in the state of Wisconsin. How many more will need to be charged with felonies before the republican controlled state legislature fixes the oversight in Wisconsin's law. (READ MORE)
DNR rule NR 45.09(1) conflicts with state law. This rule prohibits possession of any loaded firearm within 100 yards of state campgrounds, from campsites, and picnic areas. This rule conflicts with state law. Its publication will mislead thousands of concealed carriers and other lawful carriers into thinking they cannot carry a gun in these locations. The Natural Resources Board will be meeting on April 13th to approve the rules. You may submit written comments to the NR board. Please click here to see how you can contact the DNR and submit written comments. (click here)
RIGHT NOW, if a Mother or Father with a concealed carry license, drives onto the school parking lot to drop off their kids, while armed, EVEN if they never exit the vehicle, it is a felony in Wisconsin. Federal law ALLOWS CCL holders to go onto school grounds, but Wisconsin passed its own Gun Free School Zone law in the 90's BEFORE we had concealed carry so it didn't adopt the same exception for CCL holders. After 3 years of working with various legislators, Senator Mary Lazich (R) has circulated a bill that would correct this oversight and make sure moms and dads aren't exposed to a felony just for picking up kids from school, or walking kids to school while armed. Unfortunately, although all Wisconsin Republican Senators campaigned as "pro gun" many will not support a change to state law to bring it in line with federal law... (read more)
When citizens break the law, they are fined or go to jail. What happens when government breaks the law? A few weeks ago Wisconsin Carry Members alerted us to some illegal posting of city property. The City of Milwaukee has 2 public 'self-service' waste disposal sites for city residents. State law only allows municipalities to prohibit carry IN city buildings or on outdoor property for "special events". The City of Milwaukee unlawfully posted their city disposal sites taking advantage of the fact most people are not educated on the specifics of Wisconsin law. (read more)
For immediate release: Wisconsin Carry calls on state legislators to fix an oversight in state law that exposes thousands of law-abiding concealed carry license holders to felony charges. A law-abiding 34 year old Oconomowoc woman with a permit to conceal carry is facing potential felony charges for an honest mistake that 1,000's of Wisconsinites likely make every day.... (read more)
On March 19th, 2014 a 66 year old Oconomowoc woman "Susan" carelessly left her lawfully carried handgun inside a bathroom stall at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield. It was found a few minutes later by a staff person. A month later Waukesha County ADA Lesli Boese filed charges of negligent handling of a weapon: Wis. Stat. 941.20(1)(a) against Susan. At the time, Wisconsin Carry representatives, interviewed by local media, suggested this charge did not in any way seem appropriate for the situation. A Waukesha County judge agreed, and the case was thrown out of court on June 19th. All charges dismissed. (read more)
This past summer Wisconsin Carry funded a lawsuit on behalf of a Wausau man, alleging he was unlawfully fired for having a firearm in his personal vehicle on his employer's property. A settlement has been reached in this lawsuit. The terms of the settlement are confidential, however we would like to take this opportunity to thank our dues paying members for their support which allows us to utilize civil litigation as one of our "all of the above" methods which we embrace along with grass-roots legislative activism, public relations, and education, to restore, preserve, and advance the right of law-abiding citizens in Wisconsin to keep and bear arms. - On behalf of the Wisconsin Carry, Inc. Board of Directors (original news release)
Wisconsin Carry has funded a lawsuit on behalf of a Wausau man who was unlawfully terminated after verifying to a Human Resources Manager that he had a lawfully carried gun in his personal vehicle. Wisconsin law does not allow employers to prohibit employees with valid concealed carry licenses from keeping a gun in their personal vehicles even when parked on company property. (read more)
Wisconsin Carry is pleased to announce that a lawsuit we funded on behalf of a member who's return of property (firearm) petition was unlawfully denied by Milwaukee Circuit Court, has been won an appeal in Wisconsin's District 1 Court of Appeals. (read more)
A Milwaukee television station has a "you ask, we investigate" segment on their evening news. On Monday nights "investigative" report, Steve Chamraz, WTMJ 4 reporter discusses an Oconomowoc mothers concern after capturing a picture of a man who happened to be OC'ing playing with his kids in a popular local park. (read more)
Our friends at the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association have been diligently working to expose the threat the Federal Gun Free School Zone statute poses to millions of law-abiding concealed carry license holders who exercise the reciprocity provisions between states for concealed carry licenses. If you carry concealed in states other than the one that ISSUED your concealed carry license be aware you are exposing yourself to a federal felony. See the following letter dated July 25, 2013 from the US Department of Justice. This letter was originally received and published by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association: http://www.wisconsincarry.org/media/8377/atf07252013gfsza__2_.pdf For more information view the following link: read more...
On November 19, 2013, Wisconsin Carry, Inc. sent a letter to Madison Metro Transit requesting they rescind their “ban” on concealed /open carry on Madison Metro Transit buses. A copy of that letter is available here: http://www.wisconsincarry.org/media/7784/Madison_Metro_Transit.pdf Wisconsin Statute 66.0409 prohibits political subdivisions of the state including cities, villages, towns, and counties from enacting or adopting resolutions that regulate the possession, bearing, and transportation of firearms unless those ordinances or resolutions are the same as, similar to, and no more stringent than, a state statute. Our legal team has exhaustively reviewed Wisconsin Statutes and finds no law that restricts the right of the people to possess and transport weapons on public mass transit. As such, we believe the Madison Metro Transit policy of prohibiting law-abiding people from legally carrying while they ride Madison Metro buses is preempted by statute and unenforceable. Our attempt to avoid litigation and save the taxpayers of Madison the expense of funding the cost of defending Madison Metro’s indefensible policy was unsuccessful. A civil lawsuit against the City of Madison was filed today in Dane County Circuit Court. (read more)
Today Wisconsin Carry, Inc. mailed a letter to Madison Metro Transit requesting that they change their unlawful policy of banning concealed carry on Madison buses. A copy of this letter can be viewed here: http://www.wisconsincarry.org/media/7784/Madison_Metro_Transit.pdf Wisconsin has a "preemption" statute that prohibits political subdivisions of the state from adopting or enacting ordinances pertaining to gun possession, carry, and transport that are stricter than state law. (read more)
Rep. Joel Kleefish has introduced a bill that would chip away at fundamental private property rights of Wisconsin citizens and business owners while at the same time, creating a special "ruling class" comprised of off-duty and former law-enforcement individuals who enjoy privileges denied to the rest of us. For more details on Assembly bill 9 and how it flies in the face of freedom and the rights of ordinary law abiding citizens, read more
Within the past couple weeks, there has been a rash of robberies and sexual assaults on Milwaukee's "Upper East Side" as reported in local media: http://fox6now.com/2013/07/29/mpd-investigates-series-of-armed-robberies-sexual-assaults-on-upper-east-side/ On Friday, August 2nd, Wisconsin Carry members took to the streets of the Upper East Side to make local residents aware that we offer free concealed carry classes. In light of recent crime activity, individuals may have a heightened motivation to be capable of acting in their own defense and be interested in receiving the training necessary to apply for and receive a Wisconsin Concealed Carry License. Local media report on the activity: http://www.wisn.com/news/south-east-wisconsin/milwaukee/conceal-carry-advocates-encourage-east-siders-to-arm-themselves-after-robberies/-/10148890/21315642/-/sx1l56/-/index.html Wisconsin Carry has a listing of free classes available from the "class schedule" link on our homepage. (read more...)
For Immediate Release: Last Thursday, June 13, Wisconsin Carry, Inc. filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County challenging the permanent rules the Wisconsin Department of Justice put in place on June 1st regarding Act 35 and the issuance of concealed carry licenses. (read more)
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has implemented new "permanent" rules regarding the issuance of concealed carry permits. Since Act 35 (Wisconsin's concealed carry law) went into place they have been operating under "emergency" rules. The new permanent rules went into effect on June 1st, 2013. Among the changes to the rules are: The application fee is now $43 (old fee was $50) -- There is also a new application form. If you took one of Wisconsin Carry's FREE concealed carry classes your proof of training is still valid but you need to print and use the new concealed carry license application located here: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/sites/default/files/dles/ccw/concealed-carry-application.pdf Stay tuned for more updates regarding these permanent rules
Hypocrisy knows no bounds in the City of Racine. On Feb. 20th an ordinance banning concealed carry in City Buildings was approved in committee by an 8-2 vote. This past Tuesday on a unanimous 13-0 vote,Racine Alderman approved an amendment to the ordiance that would EXEMPT elected officials from the ordinance. How nice it must be to be a member of the ruling class. Passing laws that apply to everyone else. Read the story here: The ordinance will go to the full council for a vote on April 3rd. Wisconsin Carry members as well as the general public will be showing up in numbers to pack the meeting. (Details here:)
In August of 2009, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was leaving the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, WI, when he came upon, and intervened in, an incident of domestic violence. A 20 year old thug attacked the unarmed Mayor when the Mayor began to call 911. In March of 2013 in West Allis, WI an armed citizens was driving home from work when he came upon, and intervened in, an incident of domestic violence. These incidents offer an opportunity to expose the irrational fear-mongering of anti-gun special interest groups like W.A.V.E. who claim that guns cause violence when the opposite is true. Guns make peace. (read more)
For Immediate Release: Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn has traveled to Washington DC today to testify in favor of a misleadingly named "Assault Weapons Ban". So called "Assault Weapons" are functionally no different than the hunting rifles that most deer hunters in Wisconsin use every November when they hit the woods for the annual hunt. With that said, as documented by the video link below, the most common hunting gun in the world, the "12 Gauge Shotgun" is a far deadlier weapon in a mass-shooting situation than an assault rifle. (Read more...)