Wisconsin DA: Go Ahead, Pack a Concealed Weapon

Prosecutor won't press most cases in wake of Supreme Court ruling
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2010 5:35 PM CDT
In a Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 photo, a Smith & Weston .357 is shown with various caliber handgun ammunition at the Shooters' Club in Harahan, La., a suburb of New Orleans.   (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)

(Newser) – One Wisconsin DA is taking the US Supreme Court's ruling on gun rights and running with it, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. In Jackson County, prosecutors won't be pursuing cases against defendants accused of carrying concealed weapons, among other infractions. The high court's ruling in McDonald vs. Chicago "immediately renders some of Wisconsin's current laws unconstitutional," so he's instituting the new policy, which the DA acknowledged targets "the elitists who seek to disarm all of us."

Only extreme cases like being a felon or drunk with a gun will remain prosecutable offenses in Jackson County. Other officials aren't too happy about the new approach. A local police chief called it "just dumb," and the Milwaukee County DA said the response was surprising. "The proper forum to resolve this is in the courts and Legislature," he said. "Until then, the only responsible course of action is to enforce the laws."

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