It seems that some police officers don’t even know the law they are trying to enforce, so I don’t know how we can expect anti-gun advocates to understand. Earlier this week 2 men in Wisconsin uploaded this video of police holding them at gunpoint as they simply did something that is completely lawful.
It is not against the law to open carry a rifle in Wisconsin. These 2 men were open carrying AR-15s in Appleton, WI when police pointed guns at them, handcuffed them, and put them in the back of the police car. I understand that they have to take all threats seriously, but the cops also have to understand that some people are so anti-gun that they freak out at the mere site of a gun. But this does not take away the fact that these men broke no laws and presented no threat.
The camera that shot the whole situation was hung around the neck of one of the men. At one point the police officer realizes that the camera is one and he attempts to turn it off. But he ends up only turning off the video as the audio continues to roll. There are 45 minutes of audio after the officer turns off the video.
The police officer says the men may be guilty of disorderly conduct, but it looks like it was the cops that caused any disorder as the men were walking peacefully. The 3 complaints that came in about the men were probably from well meaning people that have been duped into thinking that “guns” are the problem.
If you think about it, it’s really the anti-gun lawmakers that are to blame for incidents like this. After all, they are the ones calling these guns “assault rifles” and making the ignorant masses believe that anyone that owns a gun like this must be a mass murderer. Watch the Video here:
The officer that made first initial contact asked the men what they’re carrying. When one of the men replied with the obvious, “guns,” the officer then asked what kind of guns. The man tells the officer that they are carrying ARs as well as concealed pistols. “Real AR’s? the officer asked, failing to explain what he considers a “real” AR. Nonetheless the officer seemed a little more than irritated that the men chose to exercise their Second Amendment rights in such a manner.
The officer can be heard telling the other officers that he will “cover them” while the investigation continues. The officer then told the men, “I don’t understand what’s going on, but you’re both going back to the precinct.”
The men’s firearms were taken and the men were eventually put into handcuffs and placed in the back of the police car.
The Appleton Police Department’s own website explains that simply openly carrying a firearm is not grounds to be charged with disorderly conduct.
According to the department’s website, “Unless the facts and circumstances indicate a malicious or criminal intent, a person may not be charged with an ordinance or criminal offense of disorderly conduct for going armed with a concealed or openly carried firearm.”
About halfway through the video, unbeknown to the officers that the audio was still recording, one of the officers stated, “Oh, this is going to be a lawsuit.”
At one point, an officer even referred to a similar incident from 2011 in which five men were illegally detained after openly carrying firearms in a Madison restaurant. The men filed a federal lawsuit against the city as well as the officers involved and won, leaving the city to pay the men $10,000.
After over 40 minutes of this, the men were eventually sent on their way after a quick apology from the police officers.
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