updated 5/14/2009 5:34:18 PM ET 2009-05-14T21:34:18

A picnic open to the public at a park in La Crosse County will offer free brats and hamburgers and an invitation to bring your gun.

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Organizer Hubert Hoffman said Sunday's picnic at Marvin Gardens Park in the Town of Onalaska celebrates a recent opinion from state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen that citizens who openly carry firearms should not be cited for disorderly conduct.

Hoffman said the picnic is open to everyone, including children and those who don't want to bring a gun.

The gun rights advocate said it's a way to let the public know that openly carrying a firearm isn't dangerous or risky.

La Crosse County sheriff's Capt. Mike Horstman said Hoffman is "legally entitled" to host the open carry picnic.

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