Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a memorandum to prosecutors this week stating that openly carrying a gun–such as on a belt holster–does not warrant a charge of disorderly conduct.
I think I can assume that most of us would applaud that decision. But here’s where it may get just a little tricky: Are police justified in giving more attention and scrutiny to someone openly packing in public? Are they justified in asking a few questions?
From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Reacting to the memo, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said he would advise his officers to question anyone out in public with a gun.
“If my officers see someone walking around the City of Milwaukee with a firearm openly displayed, it borders on irresponsible if I were to communicate to members of my community that they can carry that firearm with impunity,” Flynn said.
How would you react if the police were questioning you?