WI: Guns Can Be Uncased in Vehicles

July 6, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

Max is moving to Jackson County.

And Why Wasn’t the SCOTUS Decision 9-0?

We’re not sure if anyone cases their guns between hunting spots (we don’t!), but in one county in Wisconsin, you can now do that legally – and even go to the skeet or clays course with your gun that way.

After the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision re: the Second Amendment in McDonald v. Chicago, Jackson County, WI DA Gerald Fox feels the decision invalidates several state statutes regulating firearms (and knives). As a result, these statutes will no longer be enforced by his office.

Fox’s office stated that the decision “immediately renders some of Wisconsin’s current laws unconstitutional. Therefore, in keeping with my oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, I hereby declare that this office will no longer accept law enforcement referrals for violations of the following statutes:”

Section 167.31, prohibiting uncased or loaded firearms in vehicles;
Section 941.23, prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons, including firearms;
Section 941.235, prohibiting the possession of firearms in public buildings;
Section 941.237, prohibiting the possession of firearms in establishments where alcohol may be sold or served; and,
Section 941.24, prohibiting the possession of knives that open with a button, or by gravity, or thrust, or movement.

Fox added: “The fact is, criminals don’t pay attention to gun laws, only we good folks do. After 15 years of criminal law practice, I can state positively that when criminals resolve to harm someone, no law will stop them. These so-called “public safety” laws only put decent law-abiding citizens at a dangerous disadvantage when it comes to their personal safety, and I for one am glad that this decades-long era of defective thinking on gun issues is over.

If you’re wondering why the SCOTUS (Supreme Court) decision wasn’t 9-0, good question. It should’ve been. Here’s a good article about it.

Category: Gun rights/2nd Amendment, WI

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  1. Charlie Croker says:

    Now, let me get this straight: Fox feels that “public safety laws only put law-abiding citizens at a dangerous disadvantage when it comes to their personal safety…” And these onerous laws prohibited carrying your gun uncased in a vehicle, carrying it concealed, possessing it in a public building, and prohibiting it in bars or other places that serve alcohol. Which of those activities would make the public safer? It sure seems to me that each of these is a common-sense law that any grouse hunter could live with. Yes, the gang-banger headed for a drive-by probably likes the fact that he can no longer be prosecuted for having his weapon uncased. The NRA is a desperate, reactionary organization that has aligned itself increasingly with the far right militia movement. Grouse hunters would do well to distance themselves from these paranoid fools.

  2. Bill Fontanazza says:

    I would still be leary about having an uncased weapon in a vehicle in Wisconsin. One DA does not represent the spirit of the Wisconsin judiciary.

    There is no good reason not to case a weapon when traveling in a vehicle. Road hunting is NOT hunting. It is the pastime of the lazy and un-enlightened. Get a dog and get out of your car if you want to call yourself a hunter.

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