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Wisconsin Gun Control Laws

When it comes to gun ownership, the main concern for both gun owners and the general public alike is safety. And we leave it up to states to balance those two interests when crafting gun control regulations. Trying to get a handle on these gun laws can be a bit tricky, especially if states and the federal government have different or overlapping laws. This is a quick summary of gun control laws in Wisconsin.

Gun Control Laws in Wisconsin

Each state has gun control laws that regulate the purchase and use of firearms. Certain weapons such as sawed-off shotguns and machine guns, and accessories like silencers and armor-piercing ammunition, are prohibited under Wisconsin’s gun control laws. The state also imposes a 48-hour waiting period for prospective gun buyers, and they must meet certain criteria to be eligible for gun ownership.

Wisconsin Gun Statutes

Not every state treats firearm laws the same way. The table below highlights the main provisions of Wisconsin’s gun control laws.

Code Section

175.35; 941.26, et seq.

Illegal Arms

Machine gun or other fully-automatic weapon; short-barreled rifle/shotgun; silencer

Waiting Period

48 hrs.

Who May Not Own

1. Convicted of felony in this state or what would have been a felony if committed in this state or adjudicated delinquent for act considered felony for adult; 2. Mental disease or defect reason for not guilty or insanity

Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds

Misdemeanor. 948.605

Wisconsin, like all states, has its own gun laws, but federal law also regulates gun ownership, generally by determining the kinds of firearms a person may legally own. It is important to note that where federal and state laws intersect, federal law always wins out. Therefore, Wisconsin gun owners are subject to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the National Firearms Act, so residents of the Badger State should be familiar with both statutes. Although the Second Amendment guarantees a right to own firearms, the government can still put some restrictions on the type of guns people can own and the manner in which they are purchased.

Wisconsin Gun Control Laws: Related Resources

State firearms regulations can be a confusing, especially when they overlap with federal law. If you or someone you know has been injured by a gun in the state of Wisconsin, you may have recourse against the manufacturer, distributor, or owner of the gun. If you would like legal assistance to know your rights and responsibilities as a gun owner in Wisconsin, you can consult with a Wisconsin attorney in your area. You can also find more articles and resources on this topic in FindLaw’s Gun Law section.

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