Portion of a larger issue that deals with this weird firearms arrest. Click on the link for the whole story.
Kranish also was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. He had a .45 caliber handgun in a CD case in his car May 6, and he was wearing an empty holster, according to the criminal complaint.
How can one be arrested for carrying a weapon when it's in one's car? This is equivalent to being arrested for having open liquor in your car when it's in your refrigerator at home! According to our research, one statute in Wisconsin says that no firearms may be concealed. Another statute says that when you are transporting a firearm in your car, you must conceal it by putting it in some sort of container. This is very similar to the statutes in Illinois (Wisconsin and Illinois are the only two states that forbid citizens from carrying concealed firearms for personal protection). These two statutes in Wisconsin are obviously at odds with each other. According to the courts -- when it comes to transporting in a car -- the statute that requires a citizen to put it in a container overrules the other statute.
So...how did Mr. Kranish violate this statute. Mr. Kranish is the founder and executive director of a gun rights organization in Illinois. According to him, he has spent years researching the statutes and understanding them. He has also never been convicted of anything other than a traffic offense. He's never victimized anyone. This means he's not a criminal, but rather a law-abiding citizen. Why are they trying to prosecute him when he's going further than many people do and being careful to follow the statutes and avoid trouble?
While we're on the subject, how did the officer have probable cause to search the car anyhow? Kranish certainly did not consent to a search! After having been illegally and unlawfully arrested for offering solid silver in exchange for some food (what kind of moronic store attendant would refuse such an offer?), the officer then searched his car without warrant or probable cause? HOLY CRAP!!! Kranish's bumper stickers and empty holster must have made officer Kjendlie drool at the prospect of fishing for more "offenses" to create with the flick of his pencil -- offenses that would result in financial extraction(extortion) from Kranish and his family.
Offering Liberty Dollars cannot be a crime, unless you falsely represent them. Kranish knows the rules -- he has never said they were anything that they were not. There is no evidence -- indeed, nothing even in the charging documents that mention anything about a false representation (other than the name of the statute used for the charge). So where is the crime? Who is the victim? No crime ever even occurred -- let alone having been perpetrated by this innocent couple. There is no law that forbids the wearing of an empty holster. Kranish proved that well in Illinois when he won a criminal case and then smacked his college with a civil suit for having arrested him for wearing such a harmless device.
No victim. No crime. No probable cause. Yet they arrest, search without warrant, interrogate, hold in jail, bring before a judge and extort money on the pretenses of FELONY CHARGES that were never even charged! Thousands of dollars in bond money -- $5,200 total -- was extorted from this couple because the judge told them they were charged with felonies. They were never even charged -- they never received anything with felony charges. As far as we can tell -- no felony charges were ever filed.
WALWORTH COUNTY WISCONSIN HAS A CRIMINAL, CORRUPT, UNLAWFUL, ILLEGAL, EXTORTION RACKET UNDERWAY AND SHAUN KRANISH AND SVETLANA DUDNIK HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY IT!!!