Wisconsin

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Wisconsin only issues conceal carry licenses for residents, with no option for non-residents. Wisconsin is one of the few states which doesn’t require firearm registration, limits on magazine capacity, or background checks for purchasing firearms.

Open carry is legal for anyone 18 or older and who aren’t prevented from possessing a firearm.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Applicant can provide adequate proof of training
  • Applicant is not prohibited by a court order from possessing a firearm
  • Applicant is a Wisconsin resident as indicated by a current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card or is active military stationed in Wisconsin.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin
  • You have not been convicted of a crime elsewhere that would be a felony if convicted in Wisconsin.
  • You have not been adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that if committed by an adult in this state would be a felony.
  • You have not been committed to treatment and ordered not to possess a firearm.
  • You have not found not guilty or not responsible for a crime elsewhere that would be a felony in this state by reason of insanity or mental illness, disease or defect.
  • You have not been adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that if committed by an adult in this state would be a felony.
  • Federal Law Requirements

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. Decide if you are going to file your application online or by mail.
  3. For mail applications download the application under the FORMS tab.
  4. You will need the following documents;
    • The completed application form (pages 2- 4) containing: Three (3) required original signatures, no photo copies
    • Current Wisconsin residential mailing address
    • Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or identification card number
    • Acceptable proof of training
    • Payment of $40 fee
  5. Mail the application to;
    Wisconsin Department of Justice
    Attn: Firearms Unit
    PO Box 7130
    Madison, WI, 53707-7130
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Applications can also be filed online.

RENEWALS

  • Concealed weapons licenses can be renewed within 120 days before the expiry date;
  • Or up to 90 days after the expiry date.
  • Although you can renew a license for up to 90 days after the expiration date this does not authorize you to carry a concealed handgun after your license has expired. Once the expiry date is reached you are then violating the law if you continue to carry a concealed handgun.
  • Usually at around 90 days before the license expires a renewal notice will be mailed to the licensee.
  • The notice will contain a unique ID number that allows the licensee to access the online renewal system.

Wis. Stat. § 175.60(15)(b).

PERMIT FEES

Application Conditions Original Renewal
Individual $40 $22

Accepted forms of payment
Check, Money order – payable to “Wisconsin Department of Justice.” Name and address must be imprinted on the checks (no “counter or starter checks”).

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How Reciprocity Works in Wisconsin

Wisconsin will honor all non-resident permits from the states they honor provided the holder of the permit is at least 21 years old. More information on reciprocity can be found at the state website.

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Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed as off limits

Places Not Allowed

  • Building that is a police station, sheriff’s office, state patrol station.
  • Prison, jail, house of correction, or secured correctional facility.
  • Secure mental health facility for sexually violent Persons.
  • Wisconsin Resource Center.
  • Secured unit of a mental health institute, including a facility designated as the Maximum Security Facility at Mendota Mental Health Institute.
  • County, state, or federal courthouse.
  • Municipal courtroom if court is in session.
  • Beyond a security checkpoint in an airport.
  • School grounds or within 1000 feet of a school. This applies to elementary school, middle school, junior high school, senior high school, or high school- public or private. You can be within 1000ft of a school if you have a CCW license.
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

Wisconsin

Yes
YES Open carry is legal without a license if you are at least 18 years old and allowed to possess a firearm.
Yes
YES/NO – WITHOUT A PERMIT The Wisconsin Supreme Court on 4/10/18 ruled that a person must have a permit that is valid in Wisconsin to carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle. If you do not have a permit you can still carry a handgun in a vehicle if it is visible. That means above the window line and not concealed in any manner. The Law 167.31 948.605
Yes
YES You are permitted to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES – DNR FAQs for firearms and 29.089 State/National Forests: YES – DNR FAQs for firearms State Wildlife Management Areas: YES – DNR FAQs for firearms and 29.091 Road Side Rest Areas: YES
Yes
YES In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. In Wisconsin any person can legally carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol, even if there is a bar in the restaurant. If you enter an establishment that makes more than 51% of its income from selling alcohol such as a bar or tavern you are required to have a CCL license. However, if you have a CCL then you are not permitted to drink in these establishments.
No
NO Wisconsin is not regarded as a constitutional carry state however it does have permitless carry if the weapon is carried openly.
Yes
YES Wisconsin gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. To be legally enforceable the signs must be 5″x 7″ and clearly state the type of gun and carry that is prohibited.
No
NO – MUST INFORM OFFICER Nothing in Wisconsin gun laws say that you need to disclose to a police officer that you are carrying a concealed weapon. However, if the officer requests documentation then the law says you must show him your license and photo ID. “A licensee shall have with him or her, during all times he or she is carrying a concealed weapon, his or her license document, photographic identification card, and, if the licensee is a military resident, his or her military license.”

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Quick Facts

Open Carry

Yes

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

Carry In State Parks

Yes

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

Constitutional Carry

No

No Weapons Signs Enforced

Yes

Must Notify Officer

No
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