The Serious Business of Concealed Carry

The Serious Business of Concealed Carry
By Corey Graff, Executive Director

Wisconsin Gun Owners
Wisconsin Gun Owners

Wisconsin –-( As a political lobbying organization, WGO works to defend and restore your right to keep and bear arms.

And if you’ve been a supporter of WGO for any amount of time, you know there simply isn’t a more committed gun rights organization in Wisconsin pushing for Constitutional Carry (no permit carry).

Even so, there will be many Wisconsinites rushing out to get a permit to carry a gun this fall. According to a recent news report, over 270,000 people have been licensed to carry a handgun in Michigan since that state passed its CCW license system nearly a decade ago. I expect the number of Wisconsinites to meet or exceed that number over time.

However, just because you have a permit to carry a gun, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily prepared to do so. That’s because carrying a loaded handgun carries with it inherent liabilities. It isn’t just about what’s the best handgun, or the most effective ammo, holster or other gear, though those are indeed important considerations.

I’m talking about taking the time and spending some of your money on educational resources to get the training needed to win a gunfight. Ironically, if you were to use a gun in self-defense, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself facing an additional threat: The anti-gun District Attorney, who is now out to skewer you alive with a manslaughter or murder charge.

Can You Articulate?
I’ve spent the last several years studying everything I can get my hands on about the judicious use of self-defense and I am still struck by the fact that Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs) rarely happen as they are depicted by Hollywood.

Even in the best of circumstances (in which you survive the gunfight), the prospect of being railroaded by a prosecutor hell-bent on portraying you as a radical gun nut with a trigger finger — and the dead attacker as a poor victim and nice kid — is very real.

Are you able to articulate to a jury and other triers of fact that you were a reluctant participant? Can you communicate a reasonable and immediate fear of death or bodily harm? Did options other than deadly force exist? Did you try but were unable to retreat? What should you say to the police?

Concealed Carry Program
To help you answer these questions, we’ve launched the WGO Concealed Carry Program. Simply put, it’s a way for you to get your hands on the best educational resources — from authors like Massad Ayoob, books published by Gun Digest and DVDs like the excellent Thunder Ranch series with Clint Smith.

By supporting this win-win program, you give WGO the resources to lobby for your rights and teach more people about the responsible use of defensive handguns. And you get a package of stuff that will help you be prepared — for the thug on the street or the prosecutor in the courtroom. Be on the lookout for more details coming soon.

Don’t Buy List
The other initiative we’re launching is the Don’t Buy List. If the experience of other states is any indication, once Nov. 1 rolls around you’ll see businesses posting “No Guns Allowed” signs. Business owners are within their rights to post these offensive displays of ignorance, but it’s our right to take our business elsewhere — and let them know about it. In fact, with the economy being what it is, no business in Wisconsin can afford to lose any customers, let alone to alienate gun owners. Our Don’t Buy List will send a polite but strong message to anti-gun businesses: Serve gun owners or lose our business. Of course, I welcome your ideas for improving this program.

E-mail me at [email protected]

WGO works for grassroots gun owners, not politicians. While many gun lobbies fight for “reasonable gun control,” WGO sets a higher standard: Defining the terrain of pro-gun political battle. Sure, many groups claim they’re “pro-gun” – all the while they provide cover for anti-gun deals cut by politicians – but only WGO truly informs gun owners, remaining committed to a 100% pro-gun position. We oppose all gun control – regardless of the political party – and work tirelessly to restore the Second Amendment. Visit

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@laughing Jack: This is a fly-by-night Florida outfit who has come racing into WI only after the law passed. Interestingly enough, the WI law is based on the FL law.

WI got STUCK with a permit system because of companies like these. WI residents shouldn't be deceived.

You don't need to pay for the training Jack suggests, there are totally free alternatives.


If you have questions about the new Wisconsin CWP Law contact the Instrcutors at or 1-866-371-6111 and they will be happy to answer them for you.