Judge:Man can carry Gun openly!
Judge: Man Can Carry Gun Openly
WTMJ-TV and JSOnline.com
updated 12:55 p.m. ET, Wed., Feb. 18, 2009
A West Allis municipal judge said a resident was within his rights to carry a gun while planting a tree on his property.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- A West Allis municipal judge said a resident was within his rights to carry a gun while planting a tree on his property.
Judge Paul Murphy found Brad Krause not guilty Tuesday of disorderly conduct in a case that has drawn the interest of gun rights advocates.
"The reason people are upset about this is it's not about guns. It's about civil liberties. And we obviously have a property issue," Krause said after the hearing. "There was no warrant issued, no exigent circumstances, no permission to enter the property, yet the police stormed in with guns drawn and put my life at risk.
"My wife was very worried that she would be a widow in short order because I was planting a tree."
A message left for West Allis Police Chief Mike Jungbluth by The Associated Press was not immediately returned. West Allis City Attorney Scott Post declined to comment.
Police responded to Krause's home in August after a neighbor called to ask about the legality of him openly carrying a hand gun in a holster on his property.