View Full Version : Appleton WI OpenCarry Stop

09-13-2013, 10:55 AM
Two men heading to Appleton’s downtown farmers market with AR-15 rifles slung over their shoulders and handguns in holsters swiftly attracted the attention of police officers last weekend.

Now, they’re attracting attention across the Internet, with some gun rights advocates expressing outrage that the pair were held at gunpoint and handcuffed, while others voice frustration at what they consider a foolish and dangerous stunt.

The men, Charles Branstrom, 27, and Ross Bauman, 22, ultimately were released without tickets or charges.

One of the officers finds the video recorder and attempts to turn it off.. only turning off the video and not the AUDIO (https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_1966274281&feature=iv&index=3&list=PLYpDZkbeRZEny6k1QFbkszUW8pEmr_lMS&src_vid=Ux2yZrJX3fw&v=4IY_QzxXDps)


Both were CCW holders.. one was CC

Open carry of loaded handguns and long guns is permitted without a license. If carrying openly in a vehicle, it must be "visible to ordinary observation" in order not to be considered concealed (needing a license).

09-13-2013, 12:00 PM
The only reason for the officer to turn off the camera and think about removing the SD card is if he knew he was doing something wrong.

09-13-2013, 12:16 PM
In the audio they go on to run the serial numbers of all the firearms.. When asked afterwards why and what probable cause they had .. they responded with well given the circumstances we just wanted to find out who you were..

Another example of If I don't like it...........

Officer approached with weapon drawn.. They also went on to take it upon themsleves to call the farmers market.. where these guys were headed , and ask if they wanted these guys with ar 15s on their backs to come down there.. I'm sure they were un bias in their statements to the farmers market organization..

Also I think signs have to be posted if you are running a show on public lands..

It is in stark contrast to the OC stop that occurred in Oregon...

Not everyone is a criminal..

09-13-2013, 1:11 PM
Now I even more than before want to OC when I go back to visit my folks.

Only downside is my mother, a gun owner, who knows I own guns, doesn't want me to carry because she doesn't think carrying them is safe for me. -_-

Since I'd be staying at her house I'd probably run into a talking to or three but eh.