A conservative initiative is fighting against a regulation in Wisconsin that prohibits carrying weapons near bodies of water. They see this as an infringement on basic rights.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) has filed a lawsuit challenging a Wisconsin law that prohibits the carrying of firearms near bodies of water, shores or coastlines that could potentially be used for fishing, according to the New York Post. The nonprofit law firm claims that the rule is too broad and unreasonably restricts legal gun owners.

“Until 1966, Wisconsin residents were not only allowed to possess a small-caliber handgun near or on waterways, shores, and coasts – they could even use them to shoot fish,” the institute explains in its lawsuit. From 1966 to 1999, the actual use of a firearm for fishing was prohibited.

However, the regulations were expanded in 1999 to prohibit not only the use of a firearm for fishing, but also the possession of one, reports the New York Times. The conservative law firm further claims that the gun ban is a “novel regulatory invention of the late 20th century” and stresses on X (formerly Twitter) that it intends to take legal action against the “illegal regulation”.

WILL’s lawyer explained the background of the original rule to the New York Post: It was designed to prevent fishermen from shooting the so-called musky fish, also known as muscle lungs, in order to get them into their boats while fishing.

WILL now complains that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expanding the regulation to such an extent that it essentially prohibits weapons near lakes, rivers and other bodies of water. The institute sees the regulation as a major infringement on the basic US rights that allow the carrying of weapons.

The legal battle is now being fought in a Sheboygan County court, where WILL is seeking to have the DNR regulation repealed. The conservative law firm’s lawsuit highlights the constitutional protections of gun ownership and individual liberty that would be violated by the current regulation.

Given the historical traditions and broad social discussions surrounding gun laws in the United States, it remains to be seen how the courts will decide in this specific case.

In Germany, carrying firearms is only permitted under certain conditions and with a valid gun license. The large gun license allows you to carry weapons that require a permit in public and ready for use in order to be able to defend yourself in an emergency. However, it is rarely issued to private individuals.

A small firearms license must be applied for for weapons that do not require a permit. It allows you to carry blank-firing or signal weapons in public. You do not need a firearms ownership card to obtain the license.

Fishing with firearms is also prohibited in Germany. Furthermore, according to “Angelmagazin”, bowfishing, i.e. fishing with a harpoon, for example, is prohibited by law in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This is regulated by the hunting law in Germany.

Bow fishing is also prohibited by law because the use of weapons means that the traditional method of fishing is no longer permitted under current law.

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