In April 2009, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued an opinion affirming the right of law-abiding gun owners to carry their weapons openly in most public places.
Word of that ruling by the state's leading legal authority apparently never arrived in the state capitol, Madison -- a university town renown as a haven for fascist liberals.
On Sept. 18, five open-carry advocates wearing holstered pistols, entered a Culver's restaurant, sat down and ordered a meal. A woman patron called 911. Responding officers asked the men for identification or face arrest.
They produced IDs, but were cited for disorderly conduct anyway. On Sept. 29, gun-rights group Wisconsin Carry filed two federal lawsuits against the Madison Police Department and Chief Noble Wray, accusing them of violating the Second Amendment rights of the five men.