Madison, gun-rights group settle lawsuit for $10K

Published On: Dec 26 2011 10:39:54 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 26 2011 10:40:22 AM CST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- 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 fast-food restaurant.

A Wisconsin Public Radio report says 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 says he would have preferred a higher damage judgment to send a stronger message.

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

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