An open-carry activist exploited a discrepancy between state and county law in Wisconsin this past weekend, opening the door for a rewrite of the county ordinance that prohibits open carry in parks.
Bill Polster, a proud gun owner, was walking through Calumet County Park with two firearms on his person that were both in plain sight despite the fact that county law bans open carry.
“He had a sidearm, but he also had a weapon slung across his back, dressed in black,” Chief Deputy Brett Bowe of the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 11.
Though he was violating the county’s ban on open carry, Polster was aware that state law permits law-abiding gun owners to tote firearms openly in public parks.
Yet, the two police officers that confronted him appeared a bit confused by the situation at first.
“If an individual is carrying a firearm, it’s not unlikely that we’re not going to draw our firearm in preparation,” said Bowe, of the responding officers, one of which pointed his gun at Polster.
Polster was not pleased with the deputies reaction, to say the least.
“Not proud of the vulgarity, but I definitely was not happy with having a rifle pointed at me,” said Polster.
As a result of the incident, officials plan to update the books so that the county’s gun laws accord with those imposed by the state. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s department will cease enforcing the prohibition on open carry in county parks.
“Obviously there is no hunting in the county park. Those were covered under that ordinance. We’re going to have to redo that ordinance to cover those specifically while allowing open carry,” explained Bowe.
In response to news that they’re fixing the law, Polster said, “I am hopeful that they do update the law so it is in line with the state.”