Another lawsuit from an open carry advocacy group. Wisconsin Carry, Incorporated, which recently filed a Federal lawsuit against the City of Madison and Madison Police Chief Noble Wray in connection with an incident involving five of its members exercising their open-carry rights at a Culvers restaurant, has also filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a woman who brought her gun into a Brookfield church in July.
In that incident, a churchgoer’s call to the police department’s non-emergency number to inquire about the legality of open carry ended with officers drawing their weapons on the woman in the church parking lot, searching her and her car, and issuing a citation for illegally transporting a firearm. The lawsuit claims that’s not an arrestable offense in Wisconsin.
The lawsuit against the Brookfield Police Department was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Carry says it plans to continue to establish a precedent that departments who violate the legal carry rights of law-abiding citizens will face legal consequences.
The group obtained a $10,000 judgment in Federal Court against the city of Racine earlier this year for the unlawful arrest of a member who was approached by police while legally open carrying.