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What Are The Laws in Wisconsin for Transporting Firearms?

 Posted on April 29, 2021 in Gun Violations

WI defense lawyerFewer issues are the subject of as much controversy as gun laws. Although the right to possess a firearm is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, state gun laws vary dramatically. If you are a gun owner in Wisconsin, it is crucial to know and understand your firearm-related rights and responsibilities. Violating Wisconsin gun laws, including laws related to gun transport, can lead to criminal charges.

Gun Laws in Wisconsin

Per Wisconsin law, you do not need a permit to own a gun. However, certain individuals are prohibited by possessing firearms by state and federal law. Under federal law, individuals who have been convicted of a felony criminal offense or certain domestic violence offenses may not possess a firearm. Additionally, Wisconsin law prohibits gun ownership for individuals who are subject to a restraining order, have drug or alcohol dependence problems, or have certain mental conditions.

If you are not prohibited from owning a gun by federal or Wisconsin law, anyone who passes a background check can open carry a firearm in plain view. If you wish to carry a concealed firearm in Wisconsin, you will need a concealed carry license (CCW license).

Can I Transport a Gun in My Car?

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or you possess a weapon for self-defense, you will likely need to transport your firearm at some point. The laws regarding the transport of firearms in a vehicle vary depending on the type of weapon. If you possess a CCW license, you can carry a loaded handgun in your car. The gun may be concealed in a glove compartment or other hidden location in the vehicle. Rifles, shotguns, and other long guns may not be concealed.

If you do not have a conceal carry license, you may not conceal a handgun in the vehicle. You must leave the gun out of reach of vehicle occupants. If you transport a long gun, the gun must be unloaded and in plain view. Firearms are prohibited in government buildings, police stations, courthouses, and schools.

Contact a Jefferson County Weapons Crimes Defense Lawyer

Wisconsin gun laws vary depending on the type of firearm in question, the individual’s criminal history, and several other factors. Violating Wisconsin law can lead to criminal charges, loss of your gun rights, and even jail time. If you have been charged with a weapons-related offense in Wisconsin, contact Bucher Law Group, LLC for help. Our Waukesha County criminal defense attorneys can help you build a strong defense against weapons charges. Call 262-303-4916 for a free, confidential consultation today.




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