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What Are the Laws in Wisconsin Regarding the Open Carry of Firearms?

 Posted on December 29, 2020 in Gun Violations

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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.

Other Firearm Laws in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is not without restrictions when it comes to open carry laws. It is unlawful to possess a firearm while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Shooting a gun within 100 yards of a residence without the property owner’s permission and pointing a weapon at someone other than in self-defense are also against the law. Carrying a concealed firearm without a valid permit is a Class A misdemeanor. You may not possess a firearm in Wisconsin if:

  • You were previously convicted of a felony criminal offense.

  • You have been ordered not to possess a gun for mental health reasons.

  • You are currently the subject of a restraining order.

Contact a Milwaukee County Firearm Offense Lawyer

If you or a loved one were arrested and charged with a firearm-related offense in Wisconsin, you may be facing steep penalties. That is why it is essential that you contact the accomplished Bucher Law Group for help. A skilled Waukesha County criminal defense attorney can help you understand your rights and ensure that those rights are not violated. Call our office today at 262-303-4916 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.




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