The cheese-sodden, lefty haven of Madison, WI doesn’t like what it’s seeing coming out of the capitol building. No, not one little bit. First it was Governor Walker and the legislature curtailing public employee collective bargaining rights. Then it was the overall state budget. You probably saw video of all of the sturm und drang during the process when Madison’s considerable aging hippie population dusted off their tie-dyes and tiresome slogans (don’t forget the Nazi accusations!) and protested in and around the state capitol. So now that the legislature’s moving forward on legalizing concealed carry, it’s time to throw up some more roadblocks…
Madison Mayor (and former campus radical) Paul Soglin’s evidently looked south and liked what he saw in former Mayor Daley’s efforts to make it as difficult as possible for gun owners to actually practice their second amendment rights. When the McDonald decision in the Supreme Court meant the city could no longer prevent Chicagoans from owning handguns, Daley and the Chicago city council enacted onerous licensing, training and gun registration laws.
So Soglin put his little thinking cap on and has come up with an idea to do Chicago one better. Like just about every other state in the union, the new Wisconsin law will allow property owners to post signs indicating that concealed weapons aren’t welcome. Soglin’s looked at this and decided that reductio ad absurdum isn’t so absurd after all. If he gets his way, CCW holders will have to get WRITTEN PERMISSION from every private property owner whose property they wish to visit while carrying a heater.
Dane County, of which Madison’s a part, is in the process of enacting regulations to keep guns out of county buildings. “We will work with County Executive Joe Parisi and other local leaders to ensure that firearms are not brought onto private or public property without written permission,” Soglin said.
Soglin’s no idiot. He knows damned good and well that this is going to be the subject of a law suit the minute the law hits the books. Assuming he pulls it off. “I believe that the Wisconsin and United States constitutions give precedent to property rights and therefore the presumption favors the desire of the property owner,” Soglin said. “This will probably be decided in the court.” Ya think?
Second amendment rights are never secured. They’ll always be obstructed and opposed by those who are concerned with “public safety.” The people of Chicago have shown what they think of Daley’s efforts to limit their freedom. There’s no reason to expect Wisconsinites will be any different.