MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County judge has ruled the state’s concealed carry statute unconstitutional as applied to a man who had an unloaded, encased gun under a car seat after he had been robbed.
Circuit Judge J.D. Watts said 28-year-old Jeremy Pinnow of Cascade had few other options for exercising his right to bear arms for security and self-defense.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday that Watts’ ruling comes as gun rights advocates expect the new GOP-controlled Legislature to allow concealed carry in Wisconsin, one of two states that ban it entirely.
Pinnow was doing remodeling last April when he and two co-workers were robbed at gunpoint by two men who hogtied them. He was searching for his stolen car two nights later when police searched the car he was using.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com