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EXCLUSIVE: Wisconsin Carry: 49 Down, One To Go

By David Codrea

“Wednesday was a normal afternoon at Lou Perrine’s gas station in Kenosha, except that there was something new—a sign on the door, telling customers to leave their weapons at home,” WITI-TV Fox 6 reported.

“‘I, myself, I have guns. I am going to get my concealed carry, but I just feel it is not necessary,’ Owner Anthony Perrine said.”

It’s an interesting attitude, but not exactly one to inspire customer loyalty among Perrine’s fellow gun owners. He was responding to reporter questions about Wisconsin’s new law that took effect on November 1 to allow for concealed carrying of firearms in the Badger State—making it the 49th state (the lone holdout is Illinois) with some form of concealed carry provisions for citizens: roughly designated as “may issue,” where permit approval is based on individuals meeting criteria determined by the issuing authority, “shall issue,” where permits are provided to anyone who meets the general requirements, and “unrestricted” or “Constitutional carry,” where permits are not required, as currently allowed in Alaska, Vermont, Arizona and Wyoming.

Wisconsin’s new law requires applicants to be residents, 21 years of age or older, that they pass a background check establishing they are not prohibited by law from firearms possession, and to provide proof of firearms training. It also provides for recognition of out-of-state permits where comparable background checks have been performed.

Naturally, the qualifiers did not stop horrified hoplophobes from issuing dire warnings. Speaking of a court decision from the year before that Wisconsin’s ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional, then-Brady Center President Paul Helmke declared “The ruling by a Wisconsin trial court judge that the US Constitution provides a right to carry concealed weapons in public endangers our communities, puts law enforcement at risk, and is just plain wrong… This ruling shows the danger of accepting the gun lobby’s vision of the Second Amendment as mandating its any guns, anywhere, for anybody agenda.”

Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center ramped things ups a notch, claiming “Concealed carry permit holders don’t prevent mass shootings, they perpetrate them. They don’t support police, they shoot them.”

Really. I didn’t make that up.

Ignoring such lunatic warnings from those who don’t trust themselves, and by extension, you with freedom, Wisconsin residents voted with their actions. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported on the day the law went into effect: “By mid-afternoon, the DOJ had received 145 applications, approved 123 and printed 85 permits… An agency website offering downloadable applications went live at midnight. As of 9 a.m., the site had received 400,000 hits and people had downloaded about 83,000 applications….”

What the citizen disarmament professionals never seem to realize is that we gun owners are “the gun lobby.” Elites just don’t fathom that grassroots trump Astroturf.

Seeing as how his business does not get its funding via grants and from well-heeled contributors, it’s something Anthony Perrine might do well to learn. Besides, it’s not like anyone intent on predation is going to take his stupid “No Guns” placard as anything but a sign of vulnerability.

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  1. Woody W Woodward says:

    “Really. I didn’t make that up.”

    No, David, but she did. And, she probably procured her information from the same orifice Hillary, Barry, and Eric obtained their 90% lie.

    [W3]

  2. For a “public” establishment to post such a message for potential customers is laughable, and pathetic. The liability issue, alone, could be significant as the owner may be accepting the defense of his customers by refusing them a right to legitimate self-defense. Further, a complete failure to understand “the criminal” is obvious. Does anyone actually believe a criminal (law breaker) is going to pay the slightest heed to such a sign? Let’s see…. “Gee, I can’t rob this guy ’cause I have to leave my gun outside.” Yeah, right!

    • Jefferson t says:

      First, I agree with conceal carry.
      However, this merchant may have felt that he was avoiding “heat of passion” crimes my putting guns slightly our of reach. It does appear that he understands the criminal mind from this standpoint. Criminality is a complex topic (I only have an undergrad degree in it). Knowing someone is carrying a gun is not much deterrent for most criminals. Many are just too dumb to understand. Most, however, that are willing to use a gun in a crime will always have an advantage over us, the law abiding citizen. First they, they have the inten and will to use it. They come into the situation mentallly ready. Second, they choose the momonet, not us. Third, they are likely to get the drop on us. Last, they do not have to sort guilty from innocent in taking a shot.

  3. Joe Mamma says:

    One is not free without the right to adequately defend oneself and family. Anti-gun advocates are really anti-freedom nuts. They want us to defer our right of self-defense to the state. No thanks, fools.

  4. After all the hard work was done, with more to do, the pump jockey wants a permit on our dime. I hope he’s rejected for ignorance. You can’t fix stupid! boar out.

  5. Well if Perrine is going to conceal carry and ban all his customers from doing so, then he must have a death wish. All the violent criminal has to do is walk in, take Perrine out first, then begin the bloodbath of all the defenseless victims.

    • I’d include The Peoples Republic of New York and Jersey in your tally. Make that 47 down, 3 to go. The law may say one thing, but the reality is another.

      • Good point.

        I don’t count any of the “may issue” States anyway. The very idea of some ‘official’ sitting on their fake throne deciding whether or not they *may* deign to allow you to defend yourself is revolting.

      • Evan Wicha says:

        Don’t forget The Peoples Republic of California, you have to have reasonable proof that you need a CCW such as a Small Business Owner who carries large sums of cash.

  6. “AMERICA IS LIKE A HEALTHY BODY AND ITS RESISTANCE IS THREFOLD:ITS PATRIOTISM, ITS MORALITY, AND ITS SPIRITUAL LIFE.
    IF WE CAN UNDERMINE THESE THREE AREAS, AMERICA WILL COLLAPSE FROM WITHIN.”

    JOSEPH STALIN

    THE ANTI GUN PEOPLE ARE JUST PAWNS FOR THE LATE JOE; THEY CANNOT THINK FOR THEMSELVES. THEY NEED TO RESEARCH THE FALL OF EUROPE IN 1920 AND 1930. I HAVE MET SOME OF THE SUVIVORS OF THAT ERA, THEY ALL SAY THE SAME THING (WITH DIFFERENT WORDS, BUT SAY THE SAME THING)”WHEN WE LOST OUR GUNS WE LOST OUR COUNTRY”.
    IT WAS A SCARRY TIME FOR THOSE PEOPLE AND WITH OUT THE INTERVENTION OF THE MOST FREE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THEY WOULD STILL BE SUBJECTS.
    “DO NOT LET THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE UNKNOWING SUPPORTERS OF JOSEPH STALIN TAKE OUR COUNTRY”.

    BOBFROMBC

  7. Mr. Perrine, A few months ago, the law didn’t allow concealed weapons in any part of the state – did that stop theft and guns in our gas stations or thugs with no respect for life doing harm at Shirley’s Drive-In? I hope your sign gives you comfort just like the law that preceded it was suppose to comfort the rest of us.

    I’m a citizen of Kenosha, born and raised here. Let me assure you that you have nothing to fear from me and my gun. Obviously, I won’t be in your gas station because I’m a law abiding citizen and because of your sign, you’ve asked me not to frequent your establishment – hopefully criminals are as respectful of your wishes.

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