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Friday, December 2, 2016

Milwaukee Police Chief Claims Concealed-Carry Permit Holders Are Criminals

A Nov. 23 Post-Crescent feature titled, “5 years of concealed carry: Law obscures impact” could find no evidence that Wisconsin’s law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2011, had endangered public safety. Attorney General Brad Schimel said, “I’m not aware of any evidence of statistical significance that there are people who gain a permit who are committing crime with guns …” 

However, a lack of proof didn’t prevent Milwaukee police chief Ed Flynn from smearing lawful concealed-carry permit holders: 

“I can tell you anecdotally we’re seeing a number of shootings involving concealed-carry permit holders—many of whom have extensive criminal records—but I’m not allowed to tell you how many or whom, because the law has been carefully written to prevent analysis of that information.” 

Flynn knows that holders of concealed-carry permits must pass a background check that screens out anyone with a criminal record. Anyone in a position of public trust deserves to be questioned about such an outrageous falsehood—but the Post-Crescent seems unwilling.

However, A1F is happy to put the chief in the hot seat. What proof of your claim can you produce, Chief Flynn? Or are you all talk?