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Kenosha County Eye

Kenosha City Council Nixes Gun Control Ordinance

Shayna Griffin (D) Alderman 7th District

The Proposal

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Kenosha Alderman Shayna has never been elected to the City Council. She was appointed to her post when her predecessor resigned. That didn’t stop her from pushing for gun control that she says “would keep guns out of the wrong hands.” A handful of democrats quickly signed onto the proposal. Griffin, 31, asked City Attorney and failed Judge candidate Ed Antaramian (D) to draft a resolution that would fine gun-owners who have their guns stolen out of their vehicles if the police suspect there was an unlocked door. What the mayor’s cousin didn’t do, was first check the state statutes. If he did, he would have seen WI Statute 66.0409(2) which doesn’t allow cities, counties, villages or towns to enact gun control that is “more stringent than, a state statute.” The legislature passed this law so City’s like Kenosha can’t violate the second amendment.

The Meeting

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During Monday’s meeting Griffin pulled the ordinance from consideration and immediately one of the male Aldermen said “good!”. Griffin said “It was Rocco LaMacchia” who blurted out the excitement. LaMacchia responded by denying that it was him, as he was one of the co-sponsors. Alderman Anthony Kennedy (D) and Alderman Jan Michalski (D) signaled that they might write letters to republicans in the legislature, urging them to amend this statute. Antaramian said the the state legislature severely “ham-stringed” the City and seemed upset that the proposal couldn’t proceed.

Response From State’s Top Pro-Gun Group

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Nik Clark, Chairman and President of Wisconsin Carry, Inc

The Kenosha County Eye spoke with Nik Clark today. He is the President of Wisconsin Carry, INC – the state’s leading pro-second amendment organization. Clark said that his organization is pleased that the proposed ordinance has been pulled from consideration. He was alarmed, however. He said that “the citizens of Kenosha should be troubled that there are city council members who seem to be more focused on infringing on the rights of the law abiding citizens when they should be targeting the behavior of criminals.” Many residents see his point. Kenosha has seen an incredibly large uptick in shootings and other violent crimes this years. Sadly, last weekend, three people were murdered and three more injured here in Kenosha County. Clark went on to talk about the recent rioting and looting in Kenosha. “In Kenosha, of all places, where residents were forced to fend for themselves last summer while thugs ravaged the city, there should be a heightened respect for a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. Placing ‘landmines’ that could potentially ensnare an otherwise law-abiding gun owner with fines or punishment isn’t just misguided, it’s un-American.” Clark concluded by saying, “Wisconsin Carry has filed many lawsuits against municipalities that violated statute 66.0409 including the landmark victory for gun rights in the Wisconsin Supreme Court “Wisconsin Carry, Inc. v. City of Madison”. Kenosha would have faced an immediate lawsuit from Wisconsin Carry had they passed this ordinance.”

This wasn’t a bluff. It wouldn’t be the first time Clark’s organization has gotten involved in Kenosha. Kenosha prosecutor T. Clair Binger (D) charged a trucker with a weapons crime for carrying a handgun for self defense in his semi-tractor. T. Clair finally relented and dismissed the charges but kept the man’s firearm just to spite him. Wisconsin Carry, INC paid for the trucker’s legal fees and won. The man eventually got his firearm back.

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We at the KCE are glad this proposal was shot down, but we need to watch for future attempts to weaken the bill of rights in our own back yard. The alderman’s proposal would have victimized a citizen twice.  Once from a theft by a criminal, and a second time by the government and this misguided ordinance. Government is supposed to protect our rights not penalize us when we try to exercise them.


  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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5 Responses

  1. It’s always insane to me to hear the fight against guns. But never the fight against criminals with guns. I urge everyone to watch the intake courts. And see the criminals get away with a signature bond. Or the looters and rioters charged get signature bonds. Maybe they should fight for harsher punishments then what they are. They are all a joke. Look up the most recent looters. A few even missed their appearances and still out on a signature bond. This City is a joke

  2. This is a prime example of the socialist (D)’s
    Attempting to push their will against law abiding citizens of Kenosha. It was the same with the face mask mandate. The Democratic Alderman pushed that thru the Council only to be caught violating his own law.

    If your comfortable with Democrats attempting to remove your freedoms. Kenosha
    Will be a poster child!

  3. I sit on my Town Council. I also openly carry a well holstered 1911 in .45 caliber. I wear my pistol at all times, even when actively attending Town Council meetings. I represent the People of my Town, and my People carry firearms. Watch your dot gov like a hawk. Better yet, do what I did and BECOME the governmental change you seek. Long Live the Republic!

  4. The narrative of the Democrat Marxist/Fascists continue.
    Last summer’s riots, allowed by Gov Evers, causing law abiding citizen to live in fear.
    Biden’s Border Crisis causing citizens to live in fear.
    The message is clear: Cause Fear & Panic, Strip our Rights, Control the Public.
    Folks, you better wake up, this is what these Marxist/Fascists, Civil Masters do and they’re
    marching forward.
    The City of Kenosha would be wise to KEEP CITY LEADERSHIP OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS.

  5. Get all of these shitheads off the council, they literally all are terrible.

    I mean, really, they are having a teenage hissy-fit about who said “good” and then none of them want to come out and say they said it? Oh yeah, I’m sure those are people who will stand up for what the citizens want.

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