SHEBOYGAN - A
gun rights activist showed up at first lady Tonette Walker's
visit to Sheboygan with an AK-47 strapped to his back to make
a point that it's legal to openly carry a licensed firearm in
A news outlet
reported Bill Polster also had a Glock and Ruger pistol
hanging from his waist.
first people were a little concerned and then very quickly
found out that he was very gentlemanly and civil," said
Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce executive director Betsy
Alles. "Some of the walkers started to ask him questions,
and he answered very kindly. I don't think people were
concerned after that. I think it posed a dilemma at first, but
everything worked out fine."
David Anderson said no extra security measures were taken.
visited Sheboygan as part of her Walk with Walker campaign to
showcase the state's scenic areas.
joined the walk after he put his weapons in his car's trunk.
have the right to self-defense and there are so many people
that don't realize that carrying a weapon is legal in
Wisconsin," Polster said.
become a recognizable fixture in the region, showing up at
farmers' markets, parades and movie theaters.
a Sheboygan Press reporter that people are more interested in
the small GoPro camera he mounts on his head than his weapons.
He uses the camera to record reactions he gets, then posts
videos online. He says he is making the point that people
aren't afraid of him.
started openly carrying guns after a man was killed in a
Walmart parking lot in 2012.
never needed to use my firearms ... but if someone comes in
and robs a gas station when I'm in there and I don't have my
firearm, they're not going to let me call a timeout to get my
firearm," Polster said. "It's kind of useless if you
don't have it with you."