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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Huh. Could be interesting...

From WCI:
A Clark County judge has ruled that Wisconsin's ban on conceal carry of a weapon is overly broad and unconstitutional in light of the recent Heller and McDonald landmark US Supreme Court cases.
 (Quote links to the decision.)

This combined with DA Fox's decision a couple months back, and Waukesha County DA Schimel's refusal to prosecute vehicle carry charges(potentially challenging the constitutionality of WI's vehicle carry restrictions), this is a major step in the right direction.

It is possible that another circuit judge could rule oppositely as soon as tomorrow, but if it were appealed and upheld, it would be a serious blow for the CCW ban statewide.

WCI sums it up thusly:
So there may be a tremendous risk for the state to appeal the decision which could open up the right to carry as one chooses (for non felons etc) with very few restrictions.  The state may want to leave this decision as it is now, limited to Clark County and ambiguous as to its effect elsewhere and hope the legislature comes up with something that (to use the judges words) is less like "a leaden blanket where silk would suffice."

I'll be watching.

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