Wisconsin has had a open carry law for years and just last November initiated concealed carry. Before concealed carry, some activists were openly and legally carrying their firearms. Enter Milwaukee police chief Ed Flynn. His orders were to put anyone with a gun face down, handcuff them, take their gun and we could "sort it out later". Such a nice guy. Milwaukee's Cheif and Mayor Tom Barrett (who got his ass handed to him in the recall of Gov. Walker) are gun hating shills for the Bradyites.
Enter Badger Guns. Badger guns has been a major source of crime guns in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. So much so that the ATF revoked their licence. They closed Dec. 31st.
Mike Allan, opened Brew City Shooter's Supply a short time later but could not sell guns as he waited for a license. Mike Allan ran a shooting range and sold ammunition and other supplies, which do not require a federal license.
Mike Allan later received his license and this month resumed selling guns. However, Allan said he is using a different model than his brother. To buy a gun at Brew City, the customer must become a member of the store, showing knowledge of guns and proficiency in shooting, according to Mike Allan. If they do not have that knowledge or skill, they must take a class. That requirement has already deterred several buyers, he said.
"The last thing I want is to have criminals walking in my store," Mike Allan said Friday. "People definitely notice when you have a more pleasant environment. It is going to take time to get more members. In the end, it will be worth it."
Ok, It's like a private club. I don't have a problem with that. If someone wants to be a member, it's their money. But here's where they depart from common sense and even private membership.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he is optimistic the new owner, his business plan and cooperation with law enforcement will mean the West Milwaukee location will cease to be the source of a high number of crime guns.
"If they stick to this business plan, I am optimistic this location will drop out of the national rankings of gun stores that provide guns to criminals," Barrett said.
Chief praises efforts
Barrett met with West Milwaukee Police Chief Dennis Nasci this week and praised the chief's efforts to work with Brew City employees to check out people using the range. Nasci's department started running background checks on everyone using the Badger Guns range in 2009, an arrangement that Adam Allan agreed to, though no law required him to do so.
Nasci said since late 2009, he has run more than 25,000 names of range users through his system. So far this year, he's ran more than 8,800 and come up with 47 people who required further investigation. A few of those were referred to prosecutors for illegal possession, Nasci said.
This asshat turned over the names of 25,000 people for the police to run a check on. What the hell is this guy thinking? If someone buys a gun, they have to submit to a background check. The same goes for anyone applying for a weapons permit. So why is this guy giving the names of people, most that have passed a check, to the local PD? If I was on that list and saw this in the paper, I'd be a little more than pissed.
This should get more attention than the guy in Texas. That guy made a stupid statement, but that is his right as it is our right to boycott his business. Mr. Allen on the other hand, is giving the names of his law abiding customers to the police to run a background check that the vast majority of them have already been through.
Godwin's law time. Turning over his names is kind of like the good Germans in the 30's and 40's turning in their Jewish neighbors. And we know how that worked out for the "undesirables".
I hope the word gets spread and this asshat gets run out of business. Why is he not protecting the privacy of his customers? 47 that required further investigation? out of 25,000? My math skills aren't that good, but the percentage is minuscule. All to make a couple of gun haters happy? I'd tell them to go pound sand. The only people that can look at my customer list is ATF. They usually aren't interested unless they are investigating something specific. That's the way it should be. My customers trust me to keep their names and what they bought private. It's a responsibility I take seriously.
Every little chip the gun haters can get of our rights they will try to expand on. We don't need our own helping them.
H/T to David Codrea