Concealed carry class held at site of fatal bar shooting


by John Cuoco

MILWAUKEE- When he was confronted by three robbers around midnight last Friday, the owner of Concertina Bar, a popular Milwaukee South side tavern, responded with deadly force killing one would be robber and wounding another.

Nine days later, on Sunday, a concealed carry class put on by Wisconsin Carry Inc. was held at the bar.

The class was completely full as dozens of people showed up to learn about concealed carry and self-protection.

The Bar owner, Andy Kochanski, said he wanted people to learn from his experience, rather than just go out and buy a gun.

He also said the class was not geared towards any political party, it was simply about educating people.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke spoke to the crowd before the class started and said that he wants to work with legislators so that people like Kochanski, who fire their weapons in a lawful shooting, can get their weapons back quickly.

Clarke said Kochanski had his freedom taken away.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office announced they will not seek criminal charges against Kochanski.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern says, "Mr. Kochanski's actions were lawfully permissible in defense of himself and others."

This isn't the first time Kochanski fired shots at robbers. He fired shots when multiple men tried to rob his Christmas party in 2008.
Mary's Place, a bar about one block from Concertina, said they will also have a concealed carry class on September 7th at 9:30 a.m.



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