Even in your own home, you can’t carry a gun while drunk unless acting in self-defense

Even in your own home, you can't carry a gun while drunk unless acting in self-defense

Mitchell Christen admitted he drank four beers and a shot before walking around his Madison apartment with a gun in his waistband one night back in 2018. That made his roommates and visitors nervous, and someone punched Christen in the chest and took away the gun. So he retreated to his room, cocked his other gun, a shotgun, and called 911. But when the cops showed up, they charged Christen, 31, with going armed while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. A jury later convicted him, and a judge sentenced Christen to four months in jail. But that sentence has been on hold while Christen appealed. He lost at the Court of Appeals, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to take his case and address this question: Does the consumption of a legal intoxicant void the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to carry a firearm for the purpose of self-defense? On Tuesday, the high court ruled 6-1 that the law against carrying a gun while drunk was not unconstitutional as applied to Christen because the jury at his trial found he wasn’t acting in self-defense at the time. In a 21-page dissent, Justice Rebecca Bradley said the law violated Christen’s right to carry a gun in his own home, "in case of confrontation," even if he was drunk. "In this decision, the majority overrides the will of the people by circumscribing the fundamental constitutional right to bear arms in case of confrontation in the home," she wrote. Christen thought a famous […]

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