Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
After becoming the second to last state in the country to approve and sign into law conceal-carry legislation, Wisconsin sees its new law finally go into effect on November 1, 2011. Thousands of permit applications are expected. A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Dana Brueck told the Appleton Post Crescent there will be an initial influx of 100,000 to 250,000 applications to carry a concealed handgun, knife, or electronic weapon like a Taser.
"Our surveys have shown an experience of other states that range from 1.5 percent to 13 percent of the population. This would put us between the range of 50,000 to more than 700, 000,” said Brueck.
Henry Rahr of the American Association of Certified Firearms Instructors who teaches firearms classes in Wisconsin and Minnesota says there’s initial worry, but it goes way.
"People (in Minnesota) were apprehensive, similar to Wisconsin. People have a fear of the unknown. … But the bill just went into effect, and in time, people just started thinking it wasn't a big deal."
Tuesday night, the Franklin Common Council at the request of Mayor Tom Taylor and Police Chief Rick Oliva will consider an ordinance that amends Franklin’s municipal code as it pertains to the new conceal-carry law. The ordinance reads, in part:
“…no person, except sworn law enforcement officers, shall carry or possess a weapon or firearm whether concealed or not within any City owned building or facility including, but not limited to, City Hall and the Public Library.”
This is unfortunate and terribly disappointing. Given the overwhelming liberal makeup of this Common Council that ideologically does not represent our conservative city, this ordinance is likely to pass (look for a 5-1 vote). Score one for the criminals and put one in the loss column for law-abiding citizens and our Constitution. You may as well shout from the Franklin rooftops that no one in any city building is armed for self-protection or the protection of others.
I'm not sure how many city of Franklin employees or resdients are interested in applying for a permit and would want to carry inside a city building. That’s not the point. Finally after many years Wisconsin residents now have the opportunity to observe their Second Amendment Constitutional rights. Sadly, the city of Franklin is now going to limit those rights.
A letter to the editor in Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from David Okonski of Monona had this interesting quote on this issue:
“If legislators believe that the citizens of Wisconsin are responsible enough, given some training, to carry concealed weapons, why should there be a prohibition against carrying weapons into the Capitol? Or any other place for that matter?
If a citizen is deemed responsible enough to carry a concealed weapon into a public park, why not a public building? And certainly anyone should be able to carry concealed weapons into the very building where the Legislature that availed us of this right carries out its daily work.
How is the Capitol less safe than other public buildings and lands when citizens bring concealed weapons into them? How is the public endangered in a Capitol where concealed carry is allowed, yet somehow safe in a public park where concealed carry cannot be prohibited?”