Milwaukee Gun Range Voluntarily Reports Law-Abiding Customers To Local Police

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Wisconsin –( Carry has learned of some concerning information that we would like to pass along to our membership and right-to-carry interested folks in southeast Wisconsin.

In a recently published Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article which you can read here

It was reported that the former Badger Guns (now Brew City Shooters Supply) has, since 2009, been reporting the names of every customer that comes in to use their firing range to the West Milwaukee Police Department.

In this time over 25,000 customer names were reported to West Milwaukee Police Chief Dennis Nasci who ran a background check on each through “his system”.

So far in 2012, it was reported more than 8,800 customer name records have been supplied to West Milwaukee Police by Brew City Shooters Supply to have a criminal background check run on them.

We do not know yet, how else West Milwaukee Police have been using these records they have been given by Brew City Shooters Supply, nor if they are storing those customer names for future reference. We also do not know what other purposes West Milwaukee Police might choose to use these customers’ name lists for in the future.

Having spoken with members of WCI who frequent Brew City Shooters Supply, though they were aware they signed a liability release to use the range, they were NOT aware in any way that their use of the range was being reported to the West Milwaukee Police Department.

Wisconsin Carry does not believe it is the government’s business if, when, or how often law-abiding citizens use a firing range. We also believe that if a business is going to report law-abiding activities of customers to local police departments so a background check can be run with no reason or justification, they should be explicitly informing customers of this tactic. Wisconsin Carry rejects the selective intrusion on customers’ privacy by any business with no reason or cause other than those customers patronage to participate in a legal activity.

Wisconsin Carry rejects the use of public resources to run background checks on law-abiding citizens with no probable cause or reasonable suspicion whether those citizens were using a firing range, attending church, going to the grocery store, or stopping in a corner tavern for a cocktail.

We do not know if Brew City Shooters Supply also provided the names of customers who came in to purchase ammunition to West Milwaukee Police.

Wisconsin Carry has made an open records request of the Village of West Milwaukee for any and all information and documents pertaining to this scheme of Brew City Shooters/Badger Guns providing lists of law-abiding customer names to Village of West Milwaukee Police. We will send out updates as more information becomes available as to the extent of the use of that information, whether the rights of law-abiding customers were violated by Brew City Shooters Supply or Village of West Milwaukee Police, and any other details that we believe would be of interest to the law-abiding gun owners of Southeast Wisconsin.

Carry On,

Nik Clark Chairman – Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
P.O. Box 270403
Milwaukee, WI 53227
[email protected]

About Wisconsin Carry, Inc.

Wisconsin Carry, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and reclamation of the rights of law-abiding Wisconsin residents to carry in the manner of their choosing. We believe that “open carry” and “concealed carry” are choices to be made by law-abiding citizens based on their situation and preference. Wisconsin Carry, like many gun-rights organizations in Wisconsin, is investing a great deal of resources to get Wisconsin law changed to allow concealed carry this next legislative session by proposing Constitutional Carry. Wisconsin Carry, Inc. will continue to use legal recourse to deter unlawful treatment of law-abiding Wisconsin residents who currently exercise their right to open carry, and soon will exercise their right to concealed carry in Wisconsin. Visit:

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I’ve been to this range twice, even thought about becoming a member. Never noticed that on the release form… Pretty shady in my opinion to not tell customers that. But if they did disclose that info I’m sure many patrons would turn around and walk out the door. Must be a condition they had to agree to in order to get the license back. Either way I will not be returning, and will spread the word to all fellow law abiding shooters I know!

gunloving leftie

There's alot more in depth here that all of you don't seem to know. There were numerous gun crimes in Milwaukee in recent years in which the criminals were able to purchase their guns from badger…either themselves or through a 3rd party. Was it badger's fault? Prolly not. But, the MPD was putting alot of heat/blame on Badger. So, what you see now is the result of Badger(brew city) adhering to the police department's standards.


Just another example of the sad facts that gun dealers are not necessarily friends of the gun owner. As one dealer put it to me once when I sought his support in opposing a proposed 'assault weapon' ban, "Guns will always be legal and I will continue to make a nice living selling whatever the government decides is legal. I don't care what they ban – something new will come along and you'll be lined up at my door wanting to buy it. I would rather pick a fight with the NRA than the ATF. The ATF can put me… Read more »


seems to me that "Brew City" is in bed with he devil

Manuel Lebron

once again, another job well done, thankyou to all the people involved with Wisconsin Carry Inc, because of you we have concealed carry law today, keep up the good work thankyou guys, God bless you all, and carry on,


J. Tyme

A truthful animation about BCSS……

Spread the word!

J. Tyme

Brew City Shooters Supply in Milwaukee, Wi.

"Name Change of Walter John Allan"

So at one time you seriously thought of a legal name change to then obtain another gun-selling license?

Evidently, he realized that it wouldn't work so he backed out of it [didn't show up in court to follow through].;jsessioni


The truthfulness of your whole family appears to be questionable!


I have been to the range. I had no idea they were giving my info to the WMPD. I will not be going there again.

They have posted various attacks on these reports on their facebook page. But, are deleting and blocking anyone who posts disagreeing with their actions. Note, these dissenters are not posting anything nasty or profane; just commenting on their actions and accusations of a so-called "smear campaign". And, discourse and sharing of information is not a smear tactic.

Apparently, they have complete disregard for the 2nd and 4th amendments. And, the same disdain for their clientele.


Every gun owner should do everything legally possible to make sure that despicable owner is shut down.

Is Hitler alive and well in Milwaukee?

2nd Amendment lover

Commie!!!! I pray that you go OUT of business! Traitorous scum! Boot licker!!! You would be better living in China. High treason in my book.



Garence Lee

Have you seen their latest weasel-words on their web site as to WHY they stab their customers in the back [by reporting their name, address & probably gun type] to the W. Milwaukee PD?

Reported by the Milwaukee Sentinel 27 July 2012;

For the past FOUR YEARS, Brew City [previously "Badger Guns"] has reported your personal info to the PD.

They have lost their license to sell gun twice but have recovered by switching the names on the applications for their business to various family members.

Get the word out & watch their business go down the tubes AGAIN!

Mr. Zsaz

Why did the police even need this information? They didn't. The entire department should be put under investigation and this range owner should be run out of town and out of business.


Well, I'll never go there again.


During WWII, people that secretly did this kind of thing were called collaborators.


Some interested citizen should bring this to the attention of the ACLU. That is a violation of personal privacy. Or maybe a local attorney that would file against them. Sounds like a class action law$uit to me.


Not just boycott. Picket, if you've got the time, it's what the libs would do. Just be sure you are on public property when you do. Too bad I live in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia, I'd be there to picket with you.


I'd think someones is about to have a significant decrease in business. What was the owner thinking? Just dumb, real dumb!

joseph croni

Boycott and bad mouth this a$$ hole every way possible . Squealers get stitches and end up in ditches .


WTF is wrong with you Badger.


The owner is a scumbag.

I see a lawsuit in his future.


Imagine how fast the ACLU and Lame Stream Media would jump on this as a violation of your rights to privacy if the local smoke (head) shop was to report their customers that bought bongs and rolling papers to the police.


Shame on you, Badger. We stood by you and stood up for you through the trouble you were going through. And this is how you thank us?


Im interested in this comment. Tugger, were you a patron at this establishment? Was the owner having some issues with the PD or city or other municipal entity? I wonder if Badger was in any way coerced into participating in this scheme? I think this should be looked into by the ILA branch of our friends the NRA.
Please illuminate.


guess who's going out of business now.


In Ohio, what the police did is a misuse of the computer systems involved and is a criminal offense.

Temper Bay

Only foolish people will continue to do business with Brew Cith Shooters Supply.