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Dodge County weapons violation attorney

One of the things that makes the United States different from many other countries is that there are provisions guaranteeing citizens the right to own firearms written in the country’s Constitution. Even so, each state is allowed the freedom to create its own laws pertaining to firearms and other weapons. This has led to a disparity across states regarding what is and is not legal when it comes to firearm ownership and possession. Not only do you have to follow state laws, but you must also follow federal laws. Violating any state or federal firearms laws can result in serious charges that can carry stiff penalties. If you are a Wisconsin gun owner, the following are a few things you should know.

Requirements for Firearm Possession in Wisconsin

If you are a resident of Wisconsin, there are certain requirements you must meet before you can legally own and possess a firearm. Wisconsin law states that firearm owners:

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Jefferson County weapons charges defense attorney

In 1999, the country was in shock when the nation’s first major school shooting took place at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Two teenage boys shot and killed 13 people and injured more than 20 others before they committed suicide. Since then, more events involving gun violence have taken place, many in schools. In the past couple of years, there have been dozens of incidents in which high school students have committed acts of violence using a weapon at school. In one recent event, a Waukesha, Wisconsin teen threatened fellow students with a pellet gun, resulting in an altercation with a police officer. 

Teen Shot Three Times By Police

Early in December of 2019, a Waukesha South High School student brought a pellet gun into school to scare the other students because he “was tired of being picked on,” according to authorities. The boy became upset when another student asked him about his plans for his 18th birthday. According to the charges filed, the teen pulled a pellet gun that looked like a handgun from his backpack and pointed it directly toward the student’s head.

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Milwaukee County gun violations defense attorney

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states that all American citizens have the right to “keep and bear arms.” While many people interpret that as being an inherent right, it is treated more like a privilege throughout the country. Gun ownership laws differ from state to state, but most states have set criteria or restrictions on who can legally own a firearm and how they can be possessed. Wisconsin is an "open carry" state, meaning it is legal to carry a firearm if you are legally allowed to possess it, and it is readily visible while you are carrying it. If you conceal the firearm, you must also possess a license to carry a concealed weapon. Even if you simply want to own a gun, certain offenses may prevent you from being able to legally possess a firearm in Wisconsin, which can lead to criminal charges. Potential reasons that you may be barred from owning a gun include:

You Were Convicted of a Wisconsin Felony

It is both a federal and a state law that you cannot possess a firearm if you have been convicted of a felony. In Wisconsin, you are not permitted to own or purchase a firearm if you have been convicted of a crime such as murder, sexual assault, battery, burglary, or any other felony.

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Waukesha County weapons violation defense lawyer

Gun laws have been a hot topic for lawmakers and other government officials for the past couple of years. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 261 mass shootings (defined as incidents in which four or more people are shot or killed) in the United States so far in 2019. In the wake of the latest mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, which killed 22 and 10 people respectively, Wisconsin lawmakers have been discussing the possibility of new gun laws. The proposed legislation includes bills to make universal background checks a requirement, along with the implementation of red-flag laws.

Current Background Check Requirements

Federal law currently dictates that all people purchasing guns from licensed dealers must complete a background check. This does not include guns that are sold from person to person or guns that are purchased at gun shows. The new law proposing expanded background checks would require a background check to be completed for almost all gun sales or transfers, except for sales or transfers to a firearms dealer, law enforcement, or armed service agencies.

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Milwaukee County firearms violation defense lawyer

In today’s world, it seems as if we are seeing a news story every other day about how a person has used a firearm to commit atrocious crimes. Because of this, more local and state laws are being passed in order to change existing gun laws and make them more strict. Wisconsin has a long history of being a pro-gun state, but in recent years, it has also strengthened its gun laws. In certain situations, there are mandatory minimums when it comes to sentencing for some gun crimes. These mandatory minimums are typically only required for a felony or repeat offender, but they can greatly affect the outcome of a firearms violation case.

Possession of a Firearm

According to Wisconsin law, anyone who has been convicted of a prior felony is not permitted to possess a firearm. If he or she is caught in possession of a firearm, he or she will be charged with a Class G felony, which carries possible penalties of up to 10 years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines, or a combination of both.

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