Sheriff: Promptly return guns used in self defense

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says people who shoot someone in self defense should get their guns back within 48 hours of being cleared of criminal charges.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports ( ) the sheriff spoke Sunday to more than 100 people who packed Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall in Milwaukee. They were there to attend a concealed carry class at the same tavern where owner Andy Kochanski shot and killed a man who tried to rob the business at gunpoint a week and a half ago.

Prosecutors said last week they won't charge Kochanski because he acted in defense of himself and two customers. But Clarke says Kochanski has not yet received his gun back. The sheriff says he intends to lobby some legislators to mandate expedited return of such weapons.


AP-WF-08-25-13 2114GMT

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