– from Steven J. in Brookfield, WI
I got arrested for bringing a gun into a bar, even though I have a conceal-and-carry permit. Is this a violation my right to bear arms?
Criminal Defense Attorney Response:
This probably isn't a Second Amendment case, but you're right to question the situation.
Wisconsin's concealed-carry law was enacted more than two years ago, but there is still confusion over where you can and can't go with a concealed weapon.
Bars and other establishments that serve alcohol have special rules about guns. You can generally bring a firearm into a bar if you have a valid concealed-carry permit, but only if you are not consuming alcohol. Under Wisconsin law, you can't take a weapon into a bar — or anywhere else, for that matter — if you are under the influence of alcohol.
There are, of course, many other rules regarding gun possession that could play a role in your situation. Give us a call or complete the form to discuss your case more thoroughly. “
Jeff Hughes, J.D.