Summary

Walker has worked hard to check boxes necessary to prove his Second Amendment street cred, earning an A+ rating from the NRA. As governor, he signed a so-called “castle doctrine” law and a concealed carry law.

On concealed carry, however, his support for the measure now is a flip flop from his stance when running for Milwaukee County executive. His flip flop on the issue depending on his electoral audience is yet another example of Walker’s willingness to do or say anything to get elected.

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VICE News ·
"We're struck by the timing of the bill signing," Mike Browne, deputy director of liberal group One Wisconsin Now, told VICE News. "It seems incredibly insensitive and just a wrong step in terms of policy, given what happened in South Carolina and given the issues we have with gun violence across the state and specifically in Milwaukee."

Press Release ·

The National Rifle Association is trying to revive the flailing campaign of Gov. Scott Walker by placing a $1 million television buy for the next month in several markets around Wisconsin. The $1 million buy covers markets in La Crosse, Green Bay and Wausau.

Wisconsin Public Radio ·
Van Bober's attorney Mark Maciolek said the judge gave the order because there was no transcript of the original plea; therefore, it wasn't clear whether the conviction triggered the federal gun ban for anyone with a domestic violence conviction. “The judge concluded was that there was no way to tell if my client had admitted to engaging in violent conflict or if he'd admitted otherwise disorderly conduct,” said Maciolek. The ruling demonstrates a loophole in the domestic violence gun ban, according to Tony Gibart of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Gibart said disorderly conduct is the most common domestic violence charge, and violent conduct is often pled down to a misdemeanor charge. He said keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers is complicated because it involves enforcing both state and federal law. “They don't interact with each other perfectly — it's not a perfect fit,” said Gibart. “So you have these kinds of cases that depend on transcripts that are many years old or are no longer available.”

Wisconsin State Journal ·

In the wake of the country's latest mass shooting, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that more should be done to help mentally troubled individuals and that arming school officials should be "part of the discussion." Walker called for a summit involving top mental health professionals from around the state early next year...And Walker said that he would not rule out allowing school employees with firearms training to carry guns to fight back against armed intruders.

Capital Times ·

Scot Ross, the director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, couldn’t pass up a comment on the irony. He sent me Courtney’s letter, which is attached to this post, with the following comment: “With Scott Walker and the Republicans, you always follow the money. In May, they used the threat of guns in the Capitol to raise money. And in October they want to allow guns in the Capitol to raise money from the NRA.”

2011 WI Act 35 ·

Walker signed into law SB 93, the “Conceal Carry” legislation, which allows individuals to go armed with a firearm, loaded or not, and concealed or openly carried. Loaded firearms are also now generally allowed in vehicles with a concealed carry permit. The law specifies that an individual carrying a firearm openly or concealed cannot be charged with disorderly conduct. The individual can even openly load a firearm. Handguns, but not other types of guns, are allowed in public parks and wildlife refuges, however all firearms are prohibited within 1,000 feet of school grounds. The bill passed the Senate 25-8 and Assembly 68-27, and was signed into law by Walker on 7/8/11. (2011 SB 93, introduced 5/10/2011; Senate Roll Call; Assembly Roll Call)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ·
Shortly after the election, Walker planned to sign whatever lawmakers approved, according to a newly released email. The email from Murray was acquired by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now through the state’s open records law. Walker’s office verified it was authentic.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ·

A state group representing more than 600 criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges and academics also opposes the castle doctrine bill. "AB 69 changes Wisconsin law by providing a defense for irrational people armed with deadly force. Under its provisions, malevolent, reckless, or paranoid people who shoot trick-or-treaters or repairmen on their porch will be presumed to be acting in self-defense," reads a statement issued this week on behalf of the criminal law section of the State Bar of Wisconsin…"At present, no member of the criminal law section of the State Bar, which is made up of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and academics, can come up with a single case wherein a homeowner was charged with a crime for defending himself or herself from a home intruder," the memo reads.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ·
A state group representing more than 600 criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges and academics also opposes the castle doctrine bill. "AB 69 changes Wisconsin law by providing a defense for irrational people armed with deadly force. Under its provisions, malevolent, reckless, or paranoid people who shoot trick-or-treaters or repairmen on their porch will be presumed to be acting in self-defense," reads a statement issued this week on behalf of the criminal law section of the State Bar of Wisconsin…"At present, no member of the criminal law section of the State Bar, which is made up of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and academics, can come up with a single case wherein a homeowner was charged with a crime for defending himself or herself from a home intruder," the memo reads.

Capital Times ·

What Walker tells the voters today doesn't seem to bear any resemblance to what he might tell them tomorrow. Example: Walker has been a co-sponsor of a bill in the Legislature that would allow people to carry concealed weapons. Never mind that the bill would increase the guns on the street at a time when homicide is the leading cause of death among young African Americans. Never mind that the bill would endanger the lives of police officers, who oppose concealed carry laws. Well, just plain never mind. When the state Assembly recently passed concealed carry, Walker voted against it. Apparently, when you're running for an office that includes Milwaukee, which regularly loses its children to gun violence, you suddenly don't believe in concealed carry anymore. Walker's position on cutting state shared revenue to Milwaukee County is even more of a hypocritical flip-flop.

1999 AB 246 ·

The bill would have granted, “firearm importers, manufacturers, dealers and trade associations immunity from civil liability in any action brought by an individual or group for an injury or death caused by a firearm or by firearm ammunition.” (Assembly Journal)