State Gun Laws for Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

Wisconsin Gun Laws

Wisconsin Gun Laws

Permit to Purchase
Firearm Registration
Licensing of Owners
Permit to Carry
Legal Liabilities
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
Immunity from civil liability
Notable provisions of self-defense law in Wisconsin

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Justice CCW Website: Click Here

Concealed Carry Weapon License Application Form: Click Here

A Complete CCW Application must include:

  • A completed application form (pages 2-4)
  • Three (3) original signatures, one on each page of the application, no photo copies
  • A check or money order made out to the Wisconsin Department of Justice in the amount of $40.
  • A copy of your proof of training document. Click Here

After you complete the application you can mail it to:

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Attn: Firearms Unit

PO Box 7130

Madison, WI, 53707-7130

If you do not have online access, you may request an application by calling

(608) 261-8647 or (608) 261-7998.

IMPORTANT Please ensure that you have notified the Department of Transportation (DOT) of any address change as required by law. The current residential address that you list on your concealed carry application MUST be the same as the one registered with DOT or your application will be denied. You can make address changes with DOT online at: Click Here

Defender Plan: The Best Protection For Those With A Valid Concealed Carry Permit

State Gun Laws Wisconsin WI

Wisconsin Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States

State gun laws vary significantly from in Wisconsin to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including Wisconsin have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.

Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of Wisconsin know ALL of the State Gun Laws!

As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.

In Wisconsin As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws

The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.

Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of Wisconsin are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in Wisconsin especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and Wisconsin may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.

If You Travel From Wisconsin With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!

Keep in mind that although your Wisconsin permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.

Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any Wisconsin state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!

It should be noted that Wisconsin state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.

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