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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives us the right to bear arms. However, this right does not prevent states from enforcing certain restrictions regarding who can own a gun and where. If you are a gun owner, knowing the firearms laws in Wisconsin is crucial. Failure to obey conceal carry laws or other Wisconsin weapons laws can lead to criminal charges and the loss of your right to own a firearm.

Concealed Carry Permits Are Required to Conceal Carry a Firearm in Wisconsin

In order to legally carry a concealed firearm, you must apply for a carrying concealed weapon (CCW) license. To get a CCW license, you must be at least 21 and a Wisconsin resident. You must also complete a training course. Certain individuals are barred from getting a CCW under Wisconsin and/or federal law including:

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Few topics can stir up controversy in the United States the way gun ownership can. While concealed carry refers to carrying a gun that is hidden in a purse or pocket, open carry refers to carrying a gun in such a way that others can see the firearm. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to own firearms; however, open carry of firearms is only permitted under certain circumstances in Wisconsin. If you are a gun owner or you are thinking about purchasing a firearm, you should know about Wisconsin open carry laws. Read on to learn about open carry in Wisconsin and what you can do if you have been arrested and charged with a gun-related offense.

Wisconsin Is an Open Carry State

Gun owners may openly carry a gun in public in Wisconsin. However, there are some places in which open carry is prohibited. These locations include schools, correctional facilities, mental health institutions, police stations, courthouses, and airports. In addition, a license is required to carry a concealed firearm in Wisconsin. There are also laws in Wisconsin specifically designed to protect gun owners. Cities are not permitted to pass gun laws that are stricter than the state laws. In 2017, The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that forbidding guns on public buses was in violation of this legislation. Individuals who are permitted to carry a firearm may now bring their guns on a public bus.

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Almost one out of every five adults in the United States are living with some form of mental illness. Depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses can range in severity from mild to debilitating. If you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, you may wonder how this could affect your gun rights in Wisconsin. You may ask, “Are people with a mental illness prohibited from owning firearms?” or “Will I be forced to surrender my firearms if I am a patient in a mental health facility?” It is important to understand Wisconsin gun laws in order to avoid criminal charges. 

Wisconsin Law Regarding Firearm Possession and Mental Health

The right to possess a firearm is granted by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, there are some situations in which a person can lose his or her gun rights. Possession of a firearm is a Class G felony criminal offense in Wisconsin if the person possessing the gun:

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In Wisconsin, most adults are legally permitted to own a firearm without requiring a special license. However, one situation in which a person can be prohibited from possessing a firearm is after a conviction for a felony offense. The consequences of illegal possession of a gun after a felony conviction can be severe, and it is important that you know how to avoid them. However, if you or someone you know is facing such charges, an experienced criminal defense attorney can build a strong case on your behalf to reduce your charges or avoid another conviction altogether.

Consequences of Illegal Possession of a Firearm in Wisconsin

You may be prohibited from possessing a gun not only if you have been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin, but also if you have been convicted of an offense in another state that would be considered a felony in Wisconsin, if you have been found not guilty of a felony due to mental illness, or if you have been issued a judgment of juvenile delinquency for an offense that is considered a felony for an adult.

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The Second Amendment to The Constitution grants United States citizens the right to keep and bear arms. After recent events in Kenosha, questions about Wisconsin’s gun laws are in the national spotlight. Now, as always, it is important for Wisconsin gun owners to have a strong understanding of the state’s weapons laws, especially those regarding open carry, so you can exercise your rights legally and safely.

Understanding Wisconsin’s Open Carry Laws

Wisconsin allows most adults to purchase firearms without the need for a special license, and to openly carry loaded or unloaded guns that have been legally purchased in most public areas. This protects responsible gun owners from facing criminal charges in a wide range of scenarios and promotes their ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights. However, there are some situations in which openly carrying a gun may result in criminal charges, including:

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