Eighteen people have been arrested for using cameras in the Wisconsin Assembly, while on the same day the state legislature enacted a law allowing Wisconsin residents to carry, erm, concealed weapons in the same building.

The “Concealed Camera Day at the Capitol” was organised through Facebook as a protest against the dual menaces of a ban on taking pictures in the assembly gallery and the changes to statewide gun law.

In the bewildering kerfuffle that ensued (video below), the organiser of the protest, Matthew Rotschild, was fined $263.50 and arrested alongside seventeen other protesters for refusing to stop taking photos and being guilty of “prohibited” conduct in the state building.

The arrests recall an incident in the UK in which blogger Jacqui Thompson was arrested for filming a meeting of Carmarthenshire Council.

It seems that in Wisconsin, as in South West Wales, speech is free as long as the lens is covered up.

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