Wisconsin Firearm Owners
Ranges, Clubs & Educators, Inc.
NRA Chartered State Association 

Wisconsin FORCE has a constant eye on Madison.


Through his office window, Bob Welch can see the Capitol building.  More importantly, he watches what is going on inside the Capitol for Wisconsin FORCE.  Bob keeps us informed, lobbies for us and has helped make Wisconsin FORCE a name in the Capitol.  Bob has been a huge asset for our cause.  His daily monitoring allows him to contact us with anything that may have even a remote implication on our efforts.  This allows us to stop or influence bills or rules before they are introduced. 

Many times people in government who have good intentions do not realize that what they are proposing may have unforeseen consequences, and they can be reasoned with before precious time and money are spent.  With Bob as an integral part of our effort, we will continue the huge success that we have seen since 2007.

With your support, Wisconsin FORCE will continue to ensure that you are represented and your opinions heard. 

Please join, renew, and donate today and be a part of those standing guard of our rights.

 

Wisconsin Firearm Owners

Ranges-Clubs-Educators

Michael Stewart

President,

 Wisconsin Firearm Owners

navybluejacket@yahoo.com

608-799-3539

Dear Wisconsin Legislator:

As the leader of Wisconsin’s premier pro-second amendment organization, I ask that you not sign on as a co-sponsor to so-called Gun Safety and Gun Owner Accountability Act being circulated by Senator Taylor.

 

I will walk through each component of the proposal and offer our comments.

 

No fly, No buy (LRB-0315/1).   We can all agree that terrorism is at the top of the list of concerns in our country.  We live in a dangerous world and, as citizens, we must be ever vigilant of this grave threat to our sovereignty

 

However, by taking away our citizens’ rights based solely on an accusation is an extremely dangerous precedent to set.  You see, taking away someone’s Constitutional Rights of firearm ownership without due process is essentially the same as pronouncing them guilty of a crime that they have not even been charged with!  This also opens the door for, simply an accusation of someone based upon their religion, political beliefs, ethnic background or even mistaken identity. 

 

In fact the No Fly List which has been flawed since its inception during the Bush administration.   In 2004 the ACLU filed a nationwide class-action challenge to the No Fly List, in which they charge that "many innocent travelers who pose no security risk whatsoever are discovering that their government considers them terrorists – and find that they have no way to find out why they are on the list, and no way to clear their names.”  Furthermore in 2010 the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of 14 plaintiffs challenging their placement on the No Fly List.  And on June 24, 2014, a U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs saying that air travel is a “sacred” liberty protected by the U.S. Constitution and ordered the government to change its system for challenging inclusion.

I hope that we can agree that the No Fly List is, at best, a flawed system that has been plagued with mistaken identities and an abuse of power.  

 

Improving standards for concealed carry (LRB -0310/2).  This proposal is simply a State-mandated training requirement in order to carry a firearm.  I agree that firearm safety and training is a great standard in which we should all live by.  The single biggest flaw in having this as a mandate means that the law may serve to protect the criminals and not the potential victims of violent crimes.  At times of life and death decisions, any delay in the innocent person’s means of self-preservation will actually put the perpetrator of the crime at an advantage.  Most people have never imagined themselves being stalked, harassed or victimized.  Thugs don't wait for hapless people to take a training course.  I wish we could mandate such legislation and still preserve our citizens’ constitutional rights – but that is not possible. 

 

Additionally, I can personally attest to the fact that conscientious, law abiding people will voluntarily seek training on their own and the training they receive will be much better than any of which would be mandated by the State.  The national statistics support this, period.

 

I would like to suggest that if we want to ensure Wisconsinites have training available and accessible that we join with our association to work to support strengthening our state’s firearm ranges and clubs through Range Protection laws.  There is a huge assault on shooting ranges and it is imperative that we work together to protect them and keep them open, as this is where training takes place.

 

Providing recourse for gun violence victims (LRB-0311/1).    Mandating that a law abiding citizen must obtain insurance is just another infraction of our rights and does nothing more than provide a revenue stream to insurance companies.   Again, this is something that is available to those that choose to carry through organizations like the NRA.   The thugs, drug dealers, and criminals will not follow this law any more than they will follow the laws that are already on the books.  Law abiding concealed carry holders are not the ones causing the “anguish” in Milwaukee.

 

Aiding authorities in solving gun crimes (LRB-0312/1).  Microstamping is another one of those “great in theory” ideas that cannot work and will not protect the innocent.  Microstamping has not yet been perfected and is easily defeat-able.  There are millions of guns in the United States that have already been produced without microstamps.  Furthermore, nothing prevents the bad guys from corrupting a crime scene with a pocketful of someone else’s spent casing.  And most crime guns are stolen anyway.  Furthermore, the microstamp will wear down in time.  It is also possible to hit the edge of a firing pin with a file, canceling out the microstamp in a matter of seconds.  Firing pins are also very easy to manufacture and replace. 

I would like to point out that every new handgun manufactured and sold in the US already includes a spent casing that was fired from that gun with each sale.   With the millions of dollars spent on maintaining the spent-casing database it has proved to be a non-factor in solving crimes and many of the states have dropped out of the system.

Assault Weapon ban (3781/1).   It has been said many times, but must be said again.   A semi-automatic weapon is not a machine gun; it is nothing more than a gun that shoots every time you pull the trigger.  Nearly every pistol, many shotguns, many hunting rifles are semi-automatic – and for most people these will be the safest firearms to operate.  An “assault weapon” is defined in this proposal as being mainly related to appearance, but would end up banning most commonly used pistols and many otherwise ordinary hunting firearms.

The introduction of this bill would take Wisconsin in the wrong direction and would not work to protect those that have a constitutional right to self-protection.  Taken as a whole, this legislation would not protect the innocent and would actually give the bad guys the upper hand.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

Michael Stewart

President,

Wisconsin Firearm Owners

  • February 16, 2016 6:06 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin FORCE encourages you to vote today.

     

    Wisconsin Supreme Court – Justice Rebecca Bradley knows the Constitution!

     

    "Justice Rebecca Bradley, proud gun owner and concealed carry license holder, supports the rule of law and will defend the Constitution."

     

    Turn out is expected to be low. 

     

    Even if you do not have any other races, please take the time to protect your Rights.

     

  • February 13, 2016 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) applauds the Assembly for advancing the Right to Hunt bill to the Governor.

    The citizens of Wisconsin have protection against harassment and stalking. That protection should also extend to Wisconsin sportsmen and women enjoying our time honored traditions.  The bill expands current law so that a person may not interfere or attempt to interfere with an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. It includes protection against disturbing a lawfully placed hunting stand, disturbing bait or other feed, using a drone to harass, and activities that are intended to harass our rich sporting heritage.

    Individuals that photograph, record, use visual or physical proximity, confront or approach individuals during the exercise of lawful activities should be prosecuted. This bill will help to do that.

    It is time to help stop the harassment of activities involved with our rich sporting heritage.  Wisconsin FORCE thanks Representative Jarchow and Senator Moulton for their leadership on this bill, as well as the bill’s numerous co-sponsors.  We look forward to the bill being signed into law by Governor Walker.

     

  • February 11, 2016 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin FORCE is the Shield in Wisconsin that protects your Second Amendment rights.  The Shield protects you from attacks and keeps you safe as we move forward in the fight to restore lost rights.

    We have strengthened that Shield by creating the Wisconsin FORCE Political Victory Fund. 

    This fund is critical, especially with the upcoming elections, including the future of your rights in Wisconsin.  Wisconsin FORCE has been working with its partners in early candidate support, and this fund will strengthen that support.

    Our goal is to raise $5000 by April 1.  Any donation, as little as $10 or as much as $5000, would help us in reaching our goal.

    Donate today by sending a check made out to Wisconsin FORCE PVF or use your charge card by opening the Donate Tab on the website, putting Wisconsin FORCE PVF in the comments box. 

    By law you must include your full name, address, and occupation.

    Mail checks to:

    WF PVF

    PO Box 130

    Seymour, WI 54165-0130 

  • February 09, 2016 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Governor Walker attends annual state convention and signs the Knife Law Clean-Up Bill

    Saturday February 6, 2016, Weston, Wisconsin 

     

    During the Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) annual meeting, Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 142.  The bill eliminates unnecessary burdens on the use of humankind's first tool -- one carried by Wisconsinites across the state on a daily basis.  “Wisconsin citizens have the fundamental right to defend themselves and feel safe and secure in their homes and we remain committed to protecting those rights,” Governor Walker said.  “One of the first steps we took in office was signing concealed carry and Castle Doctrine legislation into law.  We will continue to protect those freedoms and ensure that those who wish to exercise their Constitutional right to buy and sell firearms lawfully in the state of Wisconsin are able to do so.”

     

    The annual meeting is held as part of the NRA/Wisconsin FORCE State Convention held at The Mountain Bay Conference Center, Weston Wisconsin.  The signing was also attended by Senator Tom Tiffany (R) Minocqua and Doug Ritter, chairman and founder of the nationally recognized organization, KnifeRights. Ritter presented Governor Walker with a Pro-Tech TR-4 automatic (switchblade) knife specially engraved with the state seal and his name and dedication during the signing ceremony.  Ritter also presented Hogue EX-A01 presentation knives to the individuals who were the driving force in passing this bill. 

     

    Executive Jeff Nass of Wisconsin FORCE had been working with several legislators on cleaning up Wisconsin’s knife laws and was in the process of introducing a bill when a bill was circulated by Representative Bernier after the unreasonable restrictions were brought to her attention by Travis Hakes, a law enforcement officer and owner of Trigger Control LLC.  The proposed bill was then improved, and KnifeRights was called in, and greatly assisted with the passage of the bill. 

     

    The fact that opening any knife will never be as fast as the more common fixed blade knife needs no explanation. Carrying a knife that needs to be opened in many cases is necessary or desirable to allow the efficient, practical use of this indispensable tool. 

     

    Use, not irrational fear, should determine law.  When the intent is to harm or defend, the list of everyday, commonly used items is endless.  Use, not design, makes almost anything a weapon. The activity that causes harm is what should be punished.

     

    Wisconsin FORCE thanks Governor Walker, Representative Bernier, Representative Kleefisch, Senator Moulton, Senator Wanggaard, KnifeRights, Pro-Tech Knives, Hogue Knives, and many others for their work to ensure that Wisconsinites are not burdened by irrational state or local knife use restrictions.

     

  • February 07, 2016 2:12 PM | Anonymous

    Saturday February 6, 2016 -- Governor Walker attends annual state convention and signs the Knife Law Clean-Up Bill

    Today, Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) thanks Governor Walker for attending their annual meeting and signing Assembly Bill 142 . The bill eliminates unnecessary burdens on the use of humankind's first tool -- one carried by Wisconsinites across the state on a daily basis.  The annual meeting is held as part of the NRA/Wisconsin FORCE State Convention held in Weston Wisconsin.  The signing was also attended by Senator Tiffany, Judge Bradley, and Doug Ritter, chairman and founder of the nationally recognized organization, KnifeRights.

    The fact that opening any knife will never be as fast as the more common fixed blade knife needs no explanation. Carrying a knife that needs to be opened in many cases is necessary or desirable to allow the efficient, practical use of this indispensable tool. 

    Use, not irrational fear, should determine law.  When the intent is to harm or defend, the list of everyday, commonly used items is limitless.  Use, not design, makes almost anything a weapon. The activity that causes harm is what should be punished.

    Wisconsin FORCE thanks Governor Walker, Representative Bernier, Representative Kleefisch, Senator Moulton, Senator Wanggaard, KnifeRights, and many others for their work to ensure that Wisconsinites are not burdened by irrational state or local knife use restrictions. 

  • January 31, 2016 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin FORCE “The Sound of Freedom Range Seminar” Held yesterday in Portage, Wisconsin. 

    The seminar includes information on improvements, upgrades, and procedures to help ensure that clubs and businesses remain an asset to their community. Although gauged for outdoor ranges, much of the seminar applies to indoor ranges. The seminar is approximately three and a half to five hours long.  

    Wisconsin FORCE presents this seminar as a free service to our Patriot Club members based on availability.  The seminars are also offered as a public service.  If you have an interest in hosting an event, please contact Jeff at jeff@wisconsinforce.org  920-687-0505. 

  • January 29, 2016 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    We are monitoring this bill, but we do not see it going anywhere.  This bill would strip the value of many lawfully owned antiques.  Wisconsin FORCE strongly opposes this infringement.

     

    Co-Sponsorship Request:

    LRB 4247/1 Relating to the Sale and Purchase of Products Containing Ivory or Rhinoceros Horn and Providing a Criminal Penalty

     

    From: Senator Fred A. Risser Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 8:21 AM

     

    Deadline for Co-Sponsorship: February 5, at 12 pm

    This bill would prohibit the sale and purchase of ivory. Federal laws regarding the sale and purchase of ivory have a loophole allowing for the sale of antiques containing ivory.  

  • January 27, 2016 7:55 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin FORCE Editor:  Wisconsin FORCE and the NRA have a daily presence in Madison.  We are always there working to effectively protect your rights.

     

    Legislation to Expand Concealed Carry Formally Introduced in Wisconsin - NRA/ILA Alert 1-23-16

    This week, state Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and state Representatives Robert Brooks (R-Saukville) and Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) introduced Senate Bill 589​, which would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on school grounds, thus eliminating the current state felony that prevents law-abiding gun owners from transporting their children or grandchildren to their community schools.  This critical legislation addresses an unnecessary restriction in the current concealed carry law that prevents law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

    Wisconsin’s concealed carry law has been a great success since its passage in 2011.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, from January 1, 2011, until December 31, 2014, the WI-DOJ has issued 244,479 carry permits.  Unfortunately, under current law an individual who is carrying a firearm with a permit must stop their vehicle off of school grounds, unholster or remove the firearm from their person, and keep the firearm in their vehicle.  This is a lengthy and unnecessary obstacle for law-abiding permit holders which inhibits their ability to protect themselves and their children on school grounds.

    It is important to understand that this necessary reform only applies to school grounds and provides local school boards and administrators control over whether or not to allow concealed weapons within their school buildings.

    The NRA and Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs and Educators, Inc. (FORCE) will continue to follow SB 589 as it progresses through the Legislature.  The fight to protect our right to carry continues, and the NRA and Wisconsin FORCE will be at the forefront to advance the cause in Madison and throughout the Badger State.  Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this critical pro-gun bill.

  • January 20, 2016 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    Today, the members of the Senate voted passed Wisconsin FORCE backed Assembly Bill 142.  The bill eliminates unnecessary burdens on the use of humankind's first tool -- one carried by Wisconsinites across the state on a daily basis.

    The fact that opening any knife will never be as fast as the more common fixed blade knife needs no explanation. Carrying a knife that needs to be opened in many cases is necessary or desirable to allow the efficient, practical use of this indispensable tool. 

    Use, not irrational fear, should determine law.  When the intent is to harm or defend, the list of everyday, commonly used items is limitless.  Use, not design, makes almost anything a weapon. The activity that causes harm is what should be punished.

    Wisconsin FORCE thanks Representative Bernier, Representative Kleefisch, Senator Moulton, Senator Wanggaard, and many others for their work to ensure that Wisconsinites are not burdened by irrational state or local knife use restrictions.

    We would also like to thank Knife Rights Inc. a national organization supporting Knife rights, for their assistance.

  • January 15, 2016 6:00 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin FORCE has a constant eye on Madison.  Madison is generally pro Second Amendment, but we are still under constant attack.  Those that would strip you of your rights are still there and working on their agenda.

     

    Wisconsin FORCE works hard to ensure that bad bills such as LRB-3714 relating to,  eliminating the preemption of firearm regulations, are stopped in their tracks.  This bill was posted for co-sponsors Monday and would return Wisconsin to a maze of places (cities, towns, villages, counties) where your rights are restricted.  This and several other bad bills have already been circulated this year for co-sponsorship. 

     

    Wisconsin FORCE works to protect you from these infringements. 

     

    Please make a donation, join or renew and help Wisconsin FORCE remain strong!     

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