Wisconsin Gun Laws

Wisconsin Gun Laws

Wisconsin State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney      

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase  NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places

Confusing at best should retreat

Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

None Mentioned

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Home

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places


Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Wisconsin


Wisconsin Department of Justice CCW Website: Click Here

Concealed Carry Weapon License Application Form: Click Here

A Complete CCW Application must include:

  • A completed application form (pages 2-4)
  • Three (3) original signatures, one on each page of the application, no photo copies
  • A check or money order made out to the Wisconsin Department of Justice in the amount of $40.
  • A copy of your proof of training document. Click Here

After you complete the application you can mail it to:

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Attn: Firearms Unit

PO Box 7130

Madison, WI, 53707-7130

If you do not have online access, you may request an application by calling

(608) 261-8647 or (608) 261-7998.

IMPORTANT Please ensure that you have notified the Department of Transportation (DOT) of any address change as required by law. The current residential address that you list on your concealed carry application MUST be the same as the one registered with DOT or your application will be denied. You can make address changes with DOT online at: Click Here