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Wisconsin Concealed Carry: What Do I Need to Know?

| June 28, 2011 | 9 Comments

Wisconsin Concealed Carry Rules: What Do I Need to Know?

The Wisconsin Legislative Council has drafted an 11-page memorandum explaining the major provisions of SB93, the permit-to-carry bill which recently passed both houses of the Wisconsin legislature. Released by State Senator Pam Galloway’s office, this downloadable PDF tackles the following questions:

Download the Memorandum (PDF)

Licenses to Carry a Concealed Weapon

Who issues Wisconsin concealed carry licenses?

Can a person from another state carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin?

Can a Wisconsin resident carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin using a license he or she received from another state?

What is the definition of “weapon”?

Is a licensee or out-of-state licensee required to show a law enforcement officer his or her license?

Who is qualified to be issued a license?

What are the training requirements to be issued a license?

Is DOJ required to conduct a background check on a person applying for a license?

Could a person receive an emergency license to carry a concealed weapon?

Do law enforcement officers have access to information about licensees?

What if a licensee becomes ineligible to hold a license because he or she is convicted of a felony, for example?

Could someone challenge DOJ’s finding that the person is not qualified to receive a license?

How long does a license remain in effect?

Download the Memorandum (PDF)

Can an employer prohibit his or her employees from carrying a concealed weapon at work?

Are there places where a licensee is not permitted to carry a concealed weapon?

Does the bill provide immunity from liability for certain decisions or actions that may be made under the bill?

Does the bill create penalties for law enforcement officers in relationship to licensees or licenses?

Could a person be charged with disorderly conduct for carrying a weapon?

Does the bill repeal the current crimes of carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a firearm in a public building, and carrying a handgun where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed?

Is a licensee or out-of-state licensee exempted from the current prohibition against possessing an electric weapon?

Does the bill change the penalty for possessing a firearm in a school zone?

Could a licensee possess a firearm in a school?

Does the bill change current law relating to discharging a firearm?

Could a person open carry in a vehicle under the bill?

Could a licensee carry a firearm in a wildlife refuge or state park under the bill?

Download the Memorandum (PDF)

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Corey Graff is the executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO), a pro-gun activist, and a lifelong gun owner from Wisconsin.

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  1. Paul says:

    On page 9 of SB 93 – bottom of page.
    Gun Free School Zones
    Under the bill, the penalty is the same ( Class I felony) for possessing a firearm in or on the grounds of a school. Under the bill the penalty is lower (Class B forfeiture) if a person possesses a firearm at a place the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is within 1,000 feet of the grounds of a school.

    With this the Question is…
    If you live within 1,000 feet of a school, or pass on the city streets within 1,000 feet of a school are you in violation, as a permit holder while armed ??? In my City I don’t think you could go anywhere, and not be within 1,000 of any school, or very close to one.

  2. I have tried everything and I still can not download the what I need to know 11 page document. Please help me or else ship one to me via snail mail. Ol’ Hegs I have entered a valid email address in two places. Here it is again,,,, Now I have entered a valid email address three times. I still get the request for (enter a valid email address) Where else do you want me to enter my valid email address?

  3. This is the most messed up thing I have tried to work.

  4. it still doesn’t work

  5. joe vorpahl says:

    In appleton the police science class is taught at fox valley tech. I beleve students are still required to bring there side arms to class on certain days.

    I also took a hunters safty class at a local high school with my son. The instructors had several firearms for teaching.

    Are future police and firearms instructors comitting a felony?

  6. MKEgal says:

    Paul – with a permit you’re allowed in the magical 3-block protective bubble around schools, however you want to carry: openly, concealed, loaded, unloaded, encased… You may NOT take that firearm onto school property, even if it’s in your car unloaded & in a locked case & you have a permit.

    Without a permit, you may be armed on private property (not owned by the taxpayers), but once you step onto the public sidewalk or are in your car on the public street within that magic bubble the gun must be unloaded & in a LOCKED case.

    If you “know, or reasonably should have known” that you were too near a school (and we’re talking K-12 here) you could be convicted. One reason people are so rarely charged is that it can be hard to prove someone knew where a school was.

    I (obviously) live in Milwaukee (MKE), a town that’s lousy with unmarked school zones, so I’ll be getting a permit to protect myself from overzealous police & persecutors.

  7. MKEgal says:

    You can go to the DOJ website, or Sen. Galloway’s website, to get a pair of FAQs.
    Better yet, read the new law yourself:
    It’s only 20 pages, which IIRC is shorter than the DOJ FAQ.

  8. MKEgal says:

    Fox Valley Tech is not a school as defined by the laws making the “(legal) gun-free” school zones.
    The high school is. (K-12)

    HOWEVER… both state & federal “GF”SZ laws make exceptions for activities approved by the school (or the school board, etc.).

    So no, the HS instructors weren’t breaking the law, & neither are the proto-cops.

  9. rusty says:

    I have 3 disorderly conducts 2 because of my big yap the other in a scuffle with my brother can I still get my conceal carry permit in Wisconsin my last d.c.was in09

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