City Settles With Gun-Rights Group Over Fast-Food Incident

A federal court has ordered the city of Madison to pay members of a gun-rights group $10,000 to settle a lawsuit.

The judgment last week closes a case that developed when police cited five people for disorderly conduct after they openly carried handguns into a Culver’s fast-food restaurant on the city’s East Side last year.

A Wisconsin Public Radio report said the citations were eventually dropped, but the group sued the city. Wisconsin Carry alleged that the officers violated the members’ Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure.

Wisconsin Carry spokesman Nik Clark said he would have preferred a higher damage judgment to send a stronger message.

The city attorney’s office was closed on Sunday when The Associated Press tried to reach someone for comment.

The state has since passed a concealed-carry law that codifies open carry.