In Wisconsin, adults can purchase a gun without a license, and may openly carry most weapons without a permit. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed gun in your car or on (or near) your body, unless you are in your own home, on your own property, or at your place of business. (Wi. Stat. Ann. § 941.23(2)(e).) For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Wisconsin.
To obtain a concealed handgun license, you must apply at the sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:
(Wi. Stat. Ann. § 175.60.)
Yes. Wisconsin recognizes out-of-state licenses, as long as:
(Wi. Stat. Ann. § 175.60(1)(g).)
The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s website provides a list of states with reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin.
It is a Class A misdemeanor to carry a concealed handgun in Wisconsin without a concealed carry license (unless you are in your own home, on your own property, or at your fixed place of business). Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, up to nine months in jail, or both.
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Wisconsin, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.