Wisconsin Firearm Owners
Ranges, Clubs & Educators, Inc.
NRA Chartered State Association 

Wisconsin FORCE has a constant eye on Madison.

Through his office window, Bob Welch can see the Capitol building.  More importantly, he watches what is going on inside the Capitol for Wisconsin FORCE.  Bob keeps us informed, lobbies for us and has helped make Wisconsin FORCE a name in the Capitol.  Bob has been a huge asset for our cause.  His daily monitoring allows him to contact us with anything that may have even a remote implication on our efforts.  This allows us to stop or influence bills or rules before they are introduced. 

Many times people in government who have good intentions do not realize that what they are proposing may have unforeseen consequences, and they can be reasoned with before precious time and money are spent.  With Bob as an integral part of our effort, we will continue the huge success that we have seen since 2007.

With your support, Wisconsin FORCE will continue to ensure that you are represented and your opinions heard. 

Please join, renew, and donate today and be a part of those standing guard of our rights.



Wisconsin Firearm Owners


Michael Stewart


 Wisconsin Firearm Owners



Dear Wisconsin Legislator:

As the leader of Wisconsin’s premier pro-second amendment organization, I ask that you not sign on as a co-sponsor to so-called Gun Safety and Gun Owner Accountability Act being circulated by Senator Taylor.


I will walk through each component of the proposal and offer our comments.


No fly, No buy (LRB-0315/1).   We can all agree that terrorism is at the top of the list of concerns in our country.  We live in a dangerous world and, as citizens, we must be ever vigilant of this grave threat to our sovereignty


However, by taking away our citizens’ rights based solely on an accusation is an extremely dangerous precedent to set.  You see, taking away someone’s Constitutional Rights of firearm ownership without due process is essentially the same as pronouncing them guilty of a crime that they have not even been charged with!  This also opens the door for, simply an accusation of someone based upon their religion, political beliefs, ethnic background or even mistaken identity. 


In fact the No Fly List which has been flawed since its inception during the Bush administration.   In 2004 the ACLU filed a nationwide class-action challenge to the No Fly List, in which they charge that "many innocent travelers who pose no security risk whatsoever are discovering that their government considers them terrorists – and find that they have no way to find out why they are on the list, and no way to clear their names.”  Furthermore in 2010 the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of 14 plaintiffs challenging their placement on the No Fly List.  And on June 24, 2014, a U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs saying that air travel is a “sacred” liberty protected by the U.S. Constitution and ordered the government to change its system for challenging inclusion.

I hope that we can agree that the No Fly List is, at best, a flawed system that has been plagued with mistaken identities and an abuse of power.  


Improving standards for concealed carry (LRB -0310/2).  This proposal is simply a State-mandated training requirement in order to carry a firearm.  I agree that firearm safety and training is a great standard in which we should all live by.  The single biggest flaw in having this as a mandate means that the law may serve to protect the criminals and not the potential victims of violent crimes.  At times of life and death decisions, any delay in the innocent person’s means of self-preservation will actually put the perpetrator of the crime at an advantage.  Most people have never imagined themselves being stalked, harassed or victimized.  Thugs don't wait for hapless people to take a training course.  I wish we could mandate such legislation and still preserve our citizens’ constitutional rights – but that is not possible. 


Additionally, I can personally attest to the fact that conscientious, law abiding people will voluntarily seek training on their own and the training they receive will be much better than any of which would be mandated by the State.  The national statistics support this, period.


I would like to suggest that if we want to ensure Wisconsinites have training available and accessible that we join with our association to work to support strengthening our state’s firearm ranges and clubs through Range Protection laws.  There is a huge assault on shooting ranges and it is imperative that we work together to protect them and keep them open, as this is where training takes place.


Providing recourse for gun violence victims (LRB-0311/1).    Mandating that a law abiding citizen must obtain insurance is just another infraction of our rights and does nothing more than provide a revenue stream to insurance companies.   Again, this is something that is available to those that choose to carry through organizations like the NRA.   The thugs, drug dealers, and criminals will not follow this law any more than they will follow the laws that are already on the books.  Law abiding concealed carry holders are not the ones causing the “anguish” in Milwaukee.


Aiding authorities in solving gun crimes (LRB-0312/1).  Microstamping is another one of those “great in theory” ideas that cannot work and will not protect the innocent.  Microstamping has not yet been perfected and is easily defeat-able.  There are millions of guns in the United States that have already been produced without microstamps.  Furthermore, nothing prevents the bad guys from corrupting a crime scene with a pocketful of someone else’s spent casing.  And most crime guns are stolen anyway.  Furthermore, the microstamp will wear down in time.  It is also possible to hit the edge of a firing pin with a file, canceling out the microstamp in a matter of seconds.  Firing pins are also very easy to manufacture and replace. 

I would like to point out that every new handgun manufactured and sold in the US already includes a spent casing that was fired from that gun with each sale.   With the millions of dollars spent on maintaining the spent-casing database it has proved to be a non-factor in solving crimes and many of the states have dropped out of the system.

Assault Weapon ban (3781/1).   It has been said many times, but must be said again.   A semi-automatic weapon is not a machine gun; it is nothing more than a gun that shoots every time you pull the trigger.  Nearly every pistol, many shotguns, many hunting rifles are semi-automatic – and for most people these will be the safest firearms to operate.  An “assault weapon” is defined in this proposal as being mainly related to appearance, but would end up banning most commonly used pistols and many otherwise ordinary hunting firearms.

The introduction of this bill would take Wisconsin in the wrong direction and would not work to protect those that have a constitutional right to self-protection.  Taken as a whole, this legislation would not protect the innocent and would actually give the bad guys the upper hand.


Thank you for your consideration.

Michael Stewart


Wisconsin Firearm Owners

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  • June 15, 2016 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    Each year, the National Rifle Association recognizes outstanding clubs, state associations, youth clubs, and an individual or organization for public service. The Annual Awards program recognizes significant accomplishments achieved in areas of organization, operation, and public service rendered.

    Wisconsin FORCE is the Outstanding State Association for 2015


    We are extremely proud of our accomplishments.  Thank you, members and supporters.


  • June 15, 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Each month on the 15th our newsletter "The Trigger" is published.  Members receive notification by email and can always get the current and previous issues by logging in and going to the member’s only tab.

    Stay informed and support your rights, join/donate today!

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  • May 09, 2016 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    May 14 - Wisconsin Force Gun Show - Seymour Wisconsin.

    Support your association and attend a great gun show. 

    For Gun Show Flier Click Here or go to Gun Show tab. 

    NRA-ILA FrontLines™ Wisconsin staff will be on-hand.  Stop in for one of our brief 2016 Election Action Meetings and pick up your Second Amendment Activist materials.  

    All materials are free and light refreshments will be served.

    It's never been more important to build strong pro-gun networks as we prepare to Stand & Fight during a very critical election year in Wisconsin!

    For Flier Click Here or go to NRA-ILA FrontLines Wisconsin tab.

  • April 18, 2016 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    NRA-ILA FrontLines™ Wisconsin - NRA-ILA staff will be on-hand at the upcoming May 14 - Wisconsin Force Gun Show.  Stop in for one of our brief 2016 Election Action Meetings during the show and to pick up your Second Amendment Activist materials, as well as meet your local NRA-ILA Wisconsin staff.  All materials are free and light refreshments will be served. It's never been more important to build strong pro-gun networks as we prepare to Stand & Fight during a very critical election year in Wisconsin!

    For Flier Click Here or go to NRA-ILA FrontLines Wisconsin tab.

    For Gun Show Flier Click Here or go to Gun Show tab.


    Join our FREE NRA-ILA FrontLines™ Volunteer Program in Wisconsin go to:  http://www.nrailafrontlines.com


    If you are interested in serving in an expanded role for NRA and would like to hear more about the volunteer program in Wisconsin, please contact Suzanne@nrailafrontlines.com  Suzanne Anglewicz, NRA-ILA Midwest Field Rep/Staff Attorney 

  • April 06, 2016 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has removed the proposed rule changes that we have a concern with from the upcoming agenda.  Wisconsin FORCE will continue to work with the WDNR to ensure that our rights are not restricted or denied and that our state parks and ranges are open to be safely used by all.  

  • April 06, 2016 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin FORCE has been advising the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses (WDNR) before they actually had any expertise in the operation, design, and use of ranges.  As witnessed by the very successful upgrades at public ranges statewide, our partnership and advice has worked well.

    Wisconsin FORCE is working with the WDNR on the newly proposed rules.  These new rules must ensure that our rights are not restricted or denied and that our state parks and ranges are open to be safely used by all.

    Whether muzzle loader or machine gun, “All rounds must impact the backstop” and “No uncontrolled fire” are two of the most important rules on all ranges.  In our parks we cannot allow the loss of our right to defend ourselves.

    Don’t be fooled by poor reporting in the media.  Wisconsin FORCE does not waver and is there fighting every day.  For the last eight years we have been the one strong resilient voice, stopping the bad and promoting and achieving the good.  

  • April 06, 2016 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) thanks Governor Walker for signing Senate Bill 289 into law at the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association 52nd Annual Convention in Rothschild, Wisconsin.

    The citizens of Wisconsin have protection against harassment and stalking. That protection now covers Wisconsin sportsmen and women enjoying our time honored traditions.  The bill expands current law so that a person may not interfere or attempt to interfere with an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. It includes protection against disturbing a lawfully placed hunting stand, disturbing bait or other feed, using a drone to harass, and activities that are intended to harass our rich sporting heritage.

    Individuals that photograph, record, use visual or physical proximity, and confront or approach individuals during the exercise of lawful activities should be prosecuted. It is time to help stop the harassment of activities involved with our rich sporting heritage.  This bill will help do that.

    Wisconsin FORCE thanks Governor Walker, Representative Jarchow, and Senator Moulton for their leadership on this bill, as well as the bill’s numerous co-sponsors.   

  • March 25, 2016 11:10 AM | Anonymous

    Class III

    Wisconsin FORCE is 100% in support of Class 3 firearms.  It has promoted Class 3 firearms at all ranges when presenting its range seminars over the years.  These include seminars asked for and supported by the WDNR.  We have also worked to support and allow Class 3 at public ranges, including Shiocton and Chippewa County ranges.  We are the DNR's number one source on ranges in Wisconsin.

    Wisconsin FORCE and the NRA are working with the DNR regarding the current rule change pertaining the use of Class 3 firearms at State ranges.

    Read more on all our accomplishments, especially the last eight years of our 50+ year history in Wisconsin. 

  • March 11, 2016 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    March 9, 2016 - Portage, WI - Wisconsin FORCE is a committee member representing the Hunters Rights Coalition


    An update was given on the new Regulatory Process which is close to being up and running with the new “Go Wild” format.  A report was given on the Migratory Bird Status and 2015 Season.  Generally a good year, and the early Teal season continues to go well.  The open Waterfowl Professor position is in the process of being filled with the hiring of Professor Jake Straub.  The Professor will be part of UW Stevens Point and will be partially funded by an endowment with gifts totaling $2 million to UWSP Foundation from James C. Kennedy of Atlanta, Ga., and David F. Grohne of Wilmington, Ill.  Part of the responsibilities of the position will be to teach about management of marshes, swamps, and migratory bird habitat.  An update on the Mississippi Flyway, the results from waterfowl hunter survey, and an overview of public input and communications was given.

    Work will continue on simplifying and liberalizing the goose regulations.  The goose populations continue on a slight decline.  As only 41% of geese taken are native birds, the Ontario population is critical to our harvest.  We may be looking at shortening the season or reducing bag limits in the future.  Funding is an issue with several of the user groups discussing an increase in the Duck Stamp fee.  

    After a review and discussion, the committee voted to keep the same relative starting dates, splits, and zone boundaries.

    Public hearings regarding Wisconsin’s proposed 2016 waterfowl season structure will be held March 14-17. After public comments have been collected, final season structure will be set by the Natural Resources Board at its Apr. 13 meeting in Madison.

    To view proposed 2016 waterfowl seasons online, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “waterfowl.”

    The public input process employed to establish 2016 waterfowl hunting seasons is slightly different due to a change in process by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2016, hunters will know waterfowl hunting season dates by late April, rather than late August as in previous years.

    Public hearings will be held at the following locations – each will begin at 7 p.m.:

    Monday, March 14, 7 p.m., La Crosse, Wis. - State Office Building, Rooms B-19 and B-20, 3550 Mormon Coulee Rd.;

    Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m., Rice Lake, Wis – AmeriVu Inn, 1710 South Main Street;

    Wednesday, March 16, 7 p.m., Appleton, Wis - Agricultural Services Center, Main conference room, 3369 West Brewster St.; and

    Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m., Pewaukee, Wis - Wildwood Lodge, N14 W24121 Tower Place

    The department will accept public comments regarding proposed waterfowl season structure at each public hearing. If you would like to provide input directly or are unable to attend a hearing, please submit written comments to Taylor Finger, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, via email to Taylor.finger@wisconsin.gov or by calling 608-261-6458. Comments must be received before midnight Friday, March 18.

    To stay informed on Migratory Birds please see http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/waterfowl.html for additional information.


  • March 02, 2016 7:23 AM | Anonymous

    March 1, 2016 - Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (Wisconsin FORCE) thanks Governor Walker for signing Senate Bill 289 (Act 222) into law. The bill removes the unnecessary and burdensome requirement of issuing and displaying a back tag.  Wisconsin was one of just a few states still using this antiquated requirement.

    The bill’s signing ensures that one less needless condition will serve as an obstacle to experiencing Wisconsin’s rich sporting heritage. The bill takes effect immediately.

    Wisconsin FORCE thanks Governor Walker, Senator Moulton, Representative Kleefisch, and the bill’s numerous co-sponsors for their work on this important piece of legislation.


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