Milwaukee Police Ordered to Arrest, Take Guns Away Despite Legal Open Carry Laws

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Milwaukee's police chief said he'll go on…

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — Milwaukee’s police chief said he’ll go on telling his officers to take down anyone with a firearm despite Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s finding that people can carry guns openly if they do it peacefully.

Chief Ed Flynn said officers can’t assume people are carrying guns legally in a city that has seen nearly 200 homicides in the past two years.

He said that means officers seeing anybody carrying a gun will put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide if the person has a right to carry it.

Flynn said it’s irresponsible to send a message that if someone carries a weapon openly no one can bother them.

Van Hollen issued a memo to the state’s district attorneys this week saying someone openly carrying a gun can’t automatically be charged with disorderly conduct. But he also said police have full rights to stop and question the person.

Flynn said his officers will do more than that in their efforts to fight crime.

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  • Oz

    I think most cops are righteous,honorable and true patriots who understand the Constitution and not only uphold it but also believe in it, but you will always have your jack-booted rotten ones who believe that they are the only law. Chief Ed Flynn is just another coward with a badge
    who doesnt respect the real law of our land “The Constitution” How is he still the chief when he obviously doesnt care about the milwaukee citizens well being or to uphold the law?? Flynn forgets that he was once a citizen/civilian himself before he became a cop, this kind of attack against citizens right should not be tolerated or taken lightly “people need to wake up” GOD bless America!!!

  • i have lived in TENNESSEE for the last 21 years. i lived in milwaukee, wisconsin for 20 years. during my years there i saw my best friends daughter while still in uniform–murdered by her drunken and abusive boyfriend who had his ass covered by the cops and d.a.’s office writing it off as a suicide. i promise you if i still lived in milwaukee and carried a gun lawfully i would shoot to kill anyone-cops as well-to death for trying to take away what the 2nd ammendment as well as the other 9 are called GOD GIVEN RIGHTS WHICH NO GOVERNMENT CAN TRY TO DEPRIVE A LAWFULL CITIZEN OFF. A GOVERNMENT ONLY HAS THE “RIGHT” TO CONFER PRIVILEDGES OR TAKE THEM AWAY AND NOTHING MORE!!!!!!!!! THE DA’S OFFICE INSTEAD OF COVERING UP THE MURDER OF A YOUNG WOMAN POLICE OFFICER BY HER DRUNKEN ABUSIVE BOYFRIEND NEEDS TO FILE FOR THE REMOVAL OF A CRIMINAL POLICE CHIEF OBSTRUCTING THE RIGHTS OF THE “GOOD GUYS” HE CAN THROW TO THE GROUND AND STRIP OF A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT WHILE HIS PAID THUGS CAN’T SEEM TO MAN-UP AND DO TO THE CROOKS!!!!!! Thank God for Tennessee and right to carry concealed laws and the 8 or 9 surrounding states that have reciprocity laws that allow each other to have their citizens travel between them still armed. there has yet to be a permit carrying TENNESSEEN CONVICTED OF COMITTING A FELONY CRIME SINCE THIS LAW WENT INTO EFFECT ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO.I WILL BE VISITING YOUR STATE SOON CHIEF AND I’M COMING ARMED.YOU AND WISCONSIN CAN NOT ABRIDGE MY RIGHTS UNDER THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION. I AM LAW ABIDING-“DO NOT TREAD ON ME.”

  • Bob Key

    “Chief Ed Flynn said officers can’t assume people are carrying guns legally”
    I am a former Police Chief myself, and I can tell you for sure, If you see some one walking peacefully with a bag of groceries,and a gun in a holster, he is NOT a criminal !
    When you see the gun of a criminal, it is going to be pointed at you fool!

  • Awlhattin O’Kaddle

    Police Chief Ed Flynn should be put face down on the ground, handcuffed and arrested. He is a criminal and obviously has no respect for the law. It is hard to believe that the DA has not ordered his arrest. There should be less tolerance for criminals in uniform than any other.

  • R Dickson

    Wake up Ed, An armed society is a polite society not to mention the lower violent crime rate,This is AMERICA..We lead the world and we believe in Civil Rights.Learn it, love it, live it.

  • MKEgal

    I live in Milwaukee, too, and am starting to open carry (difficult in the winter). I think I’ll send the chief a copy of the FBI study (below) showing that criminals don’t open carry & don’t use holsters. Maybe then he’ll leave law-abiding, peaceful citizens alone.

    (Violent encounters: a study of felonious assaults on our nation’s law enforcement officers; Pinizzotto, Davis, & Miller. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Justice: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division: Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2006.)

  • I have been carring for around thirteen years for job, and I will say this. It has helped with my other traying alot, I think trning is most inporten so if people want to cary they should atleast have the basics down. In the mean stop the (BS) and let people feel safe.

  • shane

    I wonder why America is the murder capitol of the World. There are more guns in America. There is more crime in America. Has it come to the point where those who claim themselves to be christians will have to go to work, walk their dogs and go out to dinner and into their churches with their guns hanging from their hips. I do believe that citizens should have the right to protect themselves, but when all of society is toteing their guns, they are going to experience altercations just as they did back in the days of the Wild West…and people are going to be taken out. Maybe we should learn from other lest civil countries….

  • Dave

    Well, maybe the entire population puts on their guns….then what ya gonna do Chief?

  • Jim

    I live in Milwaukee and the reason we need to carry is because of the “police” not able to or prevented from doing their job. The previous chief changed the rules and if your alarm goes off and it is your home or business, you have to call them and tell them you are on site and there is a crime in progress. So much for response or safety hey? Ed Flynn needs to pull his head out of his a** and realize the people who carry legally would only be help to them. I also shoot with a sheriff friend of mine and we talked about this and he said I control and shoot better than most of the guy’s on the force with him. Ed is also a true politician and bought “semi auto rifles” to combat the “assault rifles” for the Milwaukee police. Notice the twist on the words? Look at the picture of his “rifles” read the article, he is a moron just like Barrett and Doyle.
    http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/43588112.html

  • tim

    damn liberals. this is bullshit whatever happened to the second amendment. i should be able to carry a gun wherever and whenever the hell i want without being harrassed.

  • samm

    I recommend the Chief recall his statement and have his officers talk to those folks carrying weapons. Find out who they are and the reasons for carrying a gun. If for no reasons other than exercising their first ammendment right then so be it. You can’t be roughing up people just because they are carrying a gun. Communications will solve porblems, strong arm tactics will only result in your city loosing millions in Law Suits. Think before you open your Mouth… its cheaper that way..

  • PhilJ.

    Flynn said his officers will do more than that in their efforts to fight crime.

    Fight crime?? Mr. Flynn, I think you mean “fight law.”

  • RJI

    SUE him….SUE him!!!!!!!!!!! It is the only thing libs understand.

  • JOHN

    I HAVE A RIGHT TO CARRY LICENSE AND SAVED A POLICE OFFICERS ASS ONCE. NOW YOU WANT MY GUN, BETTER BE CAREFUL, THERE ARE MANY, MANY GOOD CITIZENS OUT HERE WHICH HOLD THE LAWS OF THE CONSTITUTION ABOVE ALL, CHIEF.

  • Chief Ed Flynn is obvieously one of those who believe that only police officers should carry guns.If he is realistice he knows he can’t protect all of the law abiding citizens of his community- no agency can.It’s this kind of ass backwards thinking that actually puts lives in jepordy and kills the good guys.

  • Don

    Chief Flynn is quoted saying “it’s irresponsible to send a message that if someone carries a weapon openly no one can bother them”. I think that is a bit presumptuous on the part of the chief. I open carry more often than not here in my state and that is not my intention when doing so. What message people deduce from this is neither my concern or responsibility. It seems to me that the good chief has some issues. If I see a well groomed moderately dressed person with a firearm secured in a holster I do not hasten to the conclusion that they are a dirtbag, scumbag, desperado, thug or any other cliche’ that modern law enforcement vernacular dictates. No intention to imply that the good chief would come to the fore mentioned conclusion, but his threats to “put them on the ground” does not give credence to a well articulated argument but rather to over zelous police work. Perhaps the community would be better served with a little restraint and a bit less zelousness on the part of the MPD and a bit more old fashioned common courtesy and respect.

  • Jim

    “Chief Ed Flynn said officers can’t assume people are carrying guns legally” How bout driving cars? Do you make any assumptions about car drivers?Guilty until proven innocent. “officers seeing anybody carrying a gun will put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide if the person has a right to carry it.” Again, guilty until proven innocent. Completely unconstitutional. If the state AG says it’s legal, should he have the police chief arrested for violating peoples rights? Probably not the best idea. But in the end, guess who suffers from this…you and I.

  • P.I. Guy

    Chief Flynn better hire a good lawyer or open up the city’s checkbook to the law suits that will be coming.

  • Andy

    It is a real shame when the police chief is so paroniod that he wants to take the rights form citizen. I have a real problem with a police officer that won’t uphold the constution of thier state. I gues the criminals already won.

  • c.j. townson

    THIS POLICE CHIEF MAY FEEL IN HIS MIND HE IS APPROACHING A RISING MURDER RATE BY STOPPING , DRAWING GUNS AND THROWING PEOPLE TO THE GROUND JUST TO PROVE HE CAN DO IT . BUT IT IS “MY OPINION” THIS IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF OUR CIVIL RIGHTS TO BEAR ARMS. ALTHOUGH I DO NOT LIVE IN THIS CITY ,IF I DID YOU BET YOUR A– I WOULD BE CARRYING A HANDGUN FOR MY PROTECTION BECAUSE IT SEEMS THE POLICE CHIEF AND HIS STAFF ARE NOT DOING A VERY GOOD JOB OF PREVENTING MURDERS. I LIVE IN WEST VIRGINIA AND WE HAVE A VERY LARGE GUN CARRYING POPULATION BUT WE ALSO HAVE THE LOWEST MURDER RATE IN THE COUNTRY. I HAVE A LEGAL CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT AND HAVE SO FOR OVER 12 YEARS AND HAVE NEVER ONCE HAD TO REMOVE IT FROM ITS HOLSTER EXCEPT FOR TARGET PRACTICE AND MAINTENANCE.
    THANK YOU,
    CJT II

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  • ralph

    He said that means officers seeing anybody carrying a gun will put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide if the person has a right to carry it.
    “Policing society”
    Chief Ed Flynn is afraid so they treat the law abiding citizens like thugs.
    I thought the police were supposed to protect our rights too.