Shooting suspect likely to lose concealed carry permit

by Shereen Skola, Daily Herald Media  |  published on April 2, 2013

A Wausau man accused of shooting at least two homes and a vehicle on the city’s east side could join hundreds of others in Wisconsin whose concealed-carry firearms permits have been revoked.

Carl Follie, 25, of Wausau was charged Monday with felony reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting, which was reported just before 3 a.m. March 23. Follie is an Iraq war veteran medically discharged in 2010 and holds a concealed carry permit in Wisconsin, said his wife, Ashley Follie. Ashley Follie told a Daily Herald Media reporter that Carl Follie was just trying to protect her when he shot his weapon into the air to scare a group of men who followed the couple from Kwik Trip on Grand Avenue to the 1300 block of North Third Street.

At least two homes and one car were damaged when Follie started firing, according to a Wausau Police Department incident report. Carl Follie initially told police he fired his weapon twice, but Wausau Police Capt. Greg Hagenbucher said Wednesday police recovered six shell casings from the scene and it’s possible Follie fired even more than that. More casings might be hidden in snowbanks, he said. All six shell casings recovered came from Follie’s handgun, Hagenbucher said.

Ashley Follie said her husband applied for and received his concealed carry permit almost immediately after the state law went into effect in November 2011. Carl Follie passed a background check and had no felony convictions on his record.

In Wisconsin, someone who is no longer eligible for a concealed carry permit can be forced to surrender it, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Huber on Monday ordered Carl Follie not to possess any weapons as a condition of bond. That order will trigger a suspension of his concealed carry permit, Wisconsin Department of Justice Deputy Administrator David Zibolski said, because the DOJ checks court records daily for convictions or bail conditions that can result in license suspension or revocation. If Follie is convicted, his permit will be revoked.

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