Drop felony gun charges and dismiss case against Jarrod Kuehn

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Drop felony gun charges and dismiss case against Jarrod Kuehn

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Mike Adams started this petition to District Attorney Gregory A. Parker

Jarrod W. Kuehn, a Menominee Indian School District ( Shawano-Menominee County, Wisconsin) master level school teacher, former principal, and former US Marine Sgt, was arrested and charged with a felony for having a gun in his car in the school parking lot. The gun was unloaded, holstered, and enclosed in the latched center console. The vehicle was locked. No part of the firearm was visible or exposed. 

Mr. Kuehn, a law-abiding citizen and concealed carry permit-holder, believed he was legally storing his gun unloaded and encased in his center console of his locked vehicle in compliance with Wisconsin Law. A fellow teacher learned of the gun, disagreed, and reported it to authorities. Unfortunately, the police and prosecutors also disagreed. Mr. Kuehn has now been charged with a felony for having a gun on school grounds.

Wisconsin law requires:
"...that your gun be unloaded and encased when on School Grounds even in your own vehicle." Per Wisconsin Statute 167.31, the definition of encased is:  “(b) “Encased” means enclosed in a case that is completely zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened with no part of the firearm exposed.” However, note that this is not clearly defined in statute 948.55. (See https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/948/55 

Further, 2011 Wis. ACT 51 confuses this law by stating the following:
Q1: Do firearms still have to be in a case before they are placed in or on a motorized
vehicle, including ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles and farm implements?
A: No. Effective Nov. 19, 2011 for rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders, and Nov. 1, 2011 for handguns, firearms no longer have to be in a case in order to place them in or on a vehicle, or to transport them unloaded in or on a vehicle.

The local law enforcement, District Attorney, and school district,could use this as a teaching opportunity to to clarify and define law, specifically with regard to what 'enclosed' means. Instead, they are putting the career and reputation of Mr. Kuehn in jeopardy. His name and face have been dragged through the media, he has been suspended from his job, and his attorney fees are piling up as he fights these charges.

As the petitioner, I do not know Mr. Kuehn. I have never been to Wisconsin. However, I believe this is simpy carrying things too far. When law-abiding, decent citizens -- especially those who have served our country honorably (Kuehn was recognized as a USMC Company Honor Man) -- who are in no way jeopardizing the lives or safety of our children, are harassed and face having their lives destroyed over the interpretation of a law, it borders on a witch hunt. Officials need to catch and focus on the REAL bad guys. Prosecute those who are breaking the law willingly and with intent toward harm -- not those who have simply tripped up on a technicality. 

I am calling for Shawano-Menominee County District Attorney, Mr. Gregory A. Parker, to immediately drop charges against Mr. Kuehn, or at a minimum reduce them to a misdemeanor. Do what's right, and restore this man's reputation. Understand the difference between the intent of the law, and the letter, and prosecute accordingly. Stop this anti-gun, freak-out nonsense that is pervading our society to the point that people can't even sneeze without everyone taking cover.

At the end of the day, if my child attended Mr. Kuehn's school, I would WANT him to have that gun. Even if it is outside the school, locked in his car, unloaded, out of sight, and enclosed in a center console. 

Sources:
http://fox11online.com/news/local/northwoods/menominee-indian-school-dist-puts-teacher-on-leave-over-gun-in-car
http://wsau.com/news/articles/2016/apr/26/menominee-indian-district-teacher-in-trouble-for-bringing-gun-to-school/
http://dnr.wi.gov/emergency/documents/2011_wis_act_51.pdf

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