Concealed Carry State Laws In Wisconsin
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Wisconsin refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Wisconsin are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Wisconsin
While in Wisconsin there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Wisconsin the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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Article 1, § 25 of The Wisconsin State Constitutional Provision states:The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.
When Wisconsin adopted concealed carry in November of 2011, thousands of people immediately applied for permits. Since the law took effect, 184,000 Wisconsin residents have applied for and received CCW permits. An applicant must pass a criminal background check. There is minimal training and an applicant is not required to show any shooting proficiency.
In 2013, Concealed carry proponents contend that the widely publicized fears have shown themselves to be unfounded. And they point to what they consider real success stories. One such story occurred in West Allis when ex-Marine Charlie Blackmore a CCW permit holder interrupted a man who was severely beating a woman. Blackmore held the man at gunpoint while simultaneously calling 911. Blakemore followed the protocols. The attacker was arrested, and the victim was spared more serious injury.
The Wisconsin Department Of Justice published permanent rules implementing Wisconsin's concealed carry law on May 31, 2013. They took effect June 1, 2013. The regulations require concealed carry permit applicants to show they've taken a hunter's safety course, been discharged from the military, gotten small-arms military training or gone through an instructor-led firearms training course. The rules limit the size of instructor-led courses to 50 students per teacher.
In general, the Wisconsin Department of Justice must issue a concealed carry license to any resident applicant over 21 years of age who is not prohibited under state or federal law from possessing a firearm. Applicants must submit proof of firearms training and undergo a criminal history background check. Under the law, all weapons, including concealed firearms, are prohibited in certain places.
The type of training that is required in Wisconsin to obtain a CCW; Hunter education program by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources or a similar, recognized program in another state; a course conducted by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or by a firearms instructor certified by a national and state organization; a course offered by a law enforcement agency; a course offered by a college or university; or a course offered to law enforcement officers or licensed private detectives and security agencies.
As of November 1, 2011, Wisconsin residents may apply for a concealed carry license through the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The law allows Wisconsin to become the 49th state in the Union to make some provision for the concealed carry of firearms by normal citizens.
Open carry is legal anywhere concealed carry is legal, is legal for all adults (18+) who are not prohibited from possession, and does not require a license unless the citizen is in a taxpayer-owned building or within 1000' from the edge of a school property.
In the past, some jurisdictions have tried to prosecute open-carry by equating the open carry of handguns with disorderly conduct. On April 20, 2009 the Wisconsin Attorney General's office released a memorandum to all law enforcement agencies stating that mere open carry of a firearm was not disorderly conduct, and instructed both law enforcement and the district attorneys to cease the practice.
Open carry is allowed in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Senate Bill 93 eliminated the current prohibition against keeping a loaded, uncased handgun in a vehicle, a change applicable to both licensees and non-licensees alike. This eliminates the requirement that these citizens unload and load and case and or uncase their handgun every time they enter and exit a vehicle. Also, the bill statutorily prohibits the use of disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace statutes as a means of effectively prohibiting the open-carrying of lawfully possessed firearms.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. has a message for residents: learn how to use a gun. With budget cutbacks putting a strain on law enforcement, simply calling 911 might not cut it in a life-or-death or situation, Clarke said in a new radio ad. Safety is “no longer a spectator sport,” he says. “I need you in the game.” “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” Clark adds. “You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?”
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