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

  • January 06, 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Today, Wisconsin FORCE applauded the members of the Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry Committee who voted for and unanimously advanced Senate Bill 338.

     

    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.  Senate Bill 338 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.

    The individuals that photograph, record, use visual or physical proximity, confront or approach individuals during the exercise of lawful activities should be prosecuted. This bill would 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.

  • December 10, 2015 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    Antigo, Wisconsin December 9, 2015

    Wisconsin FORCE testified in favor of two bills in front of the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry in Antigo, Wisconsin today. 

     Removal of back tag requirements.  Senate Bill 289

    It is time to update current law by removing the unnecessary, burdensome requirement of issuing and displaying a back tag.  Wisconsin is one of just a few states that uses this antiquated requirement.

    It is our responsibility to work to ensure that unneeded regulation does not serve as an obstacle when experiencing our rich sporting heritage.

     Improvements to Mentored hunting.  Senate Bill 301

    Hunting is a very safe activity and mentored hunting even more so.  Mentored hunting is a great way for new and old hunters to exercise Wisconsin’s rich sporting heritage.  Children develop the maturity to start this wonderful tradition at different ages.  The age of the child being mentored should be left to the person(s) that knows them best -- their parents.

    The parents and mentors of the new hunter are also better equipped to decide if the mentor and new hunter should hunt with one or two hunting implements.  Restricting mentoring to one implement can greatly diminish opportunities because of the limited days available in the field.  

    Future generations greatly benefit from mentored hunting.  It is our responsibility to remove unnecessary burdens, keeping our rich sporting heritage accessible for all.

    The information above was supplied to the committee, and testimony included additional information and answered questions and concerns. 

  • November 18, 2015 5:40 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) applauds the members of the Committee who voted for and advanced Assembly Bill 433.

    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.  Assembly Bill 433 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. 

    The individuals that photograph, record, use visual or physical proximity, confront or approach individuals during the exercise of lawful activities should be prosecuted. This bill would 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.

     

  • November 12, 2015 6:27 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) supported Assembly Bill 75, was signed into law yesterday.  This will allow qualified military personnel stationed in Wisconsin for at least one year to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit.  Wisconsin FORCE thanks Governor Walker, the authors of the bill, Representative Joel Kleefisch (R – Oconomowoc) and Senator Van Wanggaard (R – Racine), and all who voted for the bill.

     

  • October 27, 2015 10:00 PM | Anonymous

    Today, Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) applauds the members of the Assembly who voted for and passed 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.

     

  • September 10, 2015 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) applauds the members of the Committee who voted for and advanced Senate Bill 102. The bill eliminates unnecessary burdens on the use of humankind's first tool -- a tool carried by Wisconsinites across the state on a daily basis.

    Wikipedia defines knives as a cutting tool with a cutting edge or blade, hand-held or otherwise, with or without a handle. Knife-like tools were used at least two-and-a-half million years ago.  Originally made of rock, bone, flint, and obsidian, knives have evolved in construction as technology has, with blades being made from bronze, copper, iron, steel, ceramics, and titanium. A statement of how often knives are used every minute of every day is not needed -- it is limitless.

    Sadly, irrational fear, perpetrated by the media and entertainment industries, often drives poor legislation. In the mid 1950’s, the media focused on gangs and switchblades, and in 1957, West Side Story served to scare normally rational citizens into thinking that a ban was needed.  Wisconsin fell into that trap in 1959.

    Use, not design, defines a weapon. When the intent is to harm or defend, the list of everyday, commonly known items is limitless. From coffee cups to charge cards, canes to hammers – use, not design, makes almost anything a weapon.

    Unlike common items such as baseball bats, knives have common, limitless, useful purposes, used by people every day. 

    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. 

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

    Wisconsin FORCE incorporated in 1963 and is the NRA’s chartered state association. It is the lead state organization working to protect the Second Amendment Rights in Wisconsin. 

  • September 10, 2015 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    It is critical that a small portion of Sauk Prairie Recreation Area be developed with a sport shooting complex.  This shooting complex should be modeled similar to the other State ranges offering 100 and 50 yard ranges along with a 25 foot range.  With proper placement, this complex would utilize a very small percentage of the property.  It would be a great asset for the surrounding community and the State of Wisconsin.  Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators, Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) strongly encourages the inclusion of a shooting complex.

    Ranges provide the community with a great place to meet, learn, and practice safe firearms handling and marksmanship.  Whether it is practicing, sighting-in for a successful fall hunt, plinking with the kids, or improving the safe handling and proficiency with a firearm used for home or carried self-defense, ranges are where that happens. 

    Ranges have an exceptional safety record, especially for their neighbors.  Although some individuals have enough private property for safe practice, many do not.  Ranges by design allow large amounts of rounds to be fired safely and efficiently.  Firearm ranges are where shooters teach and learn firearms safety formally, such as in classes, and informally, by following range operating procedures and general use of the range.

    As educators, we emphasize that repetition is the key to becoming proficient in marksmanship and safety.  A public range in the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area would allow the required access to encourage and obtain the skills needed to achieve these goals for the general public.

    Wisconsin FORCE offers to continue to assist the DNR in range construction that provides great places to get together and shoot.  We strongly support the development of a shooting complex as part of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area.

     

    Wisconsin FORCE incorporated in 1963 and is the NRA’s chartered state association.  It is the lead state organization working to protect the Second Amendment Rights in Wisconsin.

     

  • June 24, 2015 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin FORCE Applauds Governor Walker for Signing the Bill Removing Unnecessary and Dangerous 48-Hour Waiting Period 

    Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) today applauds Governor Walker for signing into law Senate Bill 35. The bill eliminates the unnecessary and dangerous 48-hour waiting period on handgun purchases, reducing the burdens placed on victims of violence, small businesses, and law-abiding Wisconsinites.

    It is now lawful for consumers purchasing a handgun from a licensed firearm dealer, to take the gun home once the dealer receives notice from the Department of Justice that the background check indicates they aren’t prohibited from possessing a firearm.  Purchasing and taking home both rifles and shotguns has been done this way for many years. 

    The 48-Hour rule for handgun purchases was first enacted in Wisconsin in 1976.  Due to the advent of instant background checks, such as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the 48 hour waiting period had become an unnecessary burden for both the consumer and the dealer.

    Waiting 48 hours could mean life or death for otherwise defenseless people. Those intent on doing evil always find a way. Abusers tend to be bigger and stronger than their victims who should be allowed to level the playing field.

    Wisconsin FORCE thanks Governor Walker, Senator Wanggaard, Representative Quinn, and the bill’s co-sponsors for their work on removing this unnecessary and dangerous waiting period.

     

    Wisconsin FORCE incorporated in 1963 and is the NRA’s chartered state association.  It is the lead state organization working to protect the Second Amendment Rights in Wisconsin.

     

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