While open and concealed carry are permitted in the state of Wisconsin, there are still certain rules surrounding how a person may legally carry. For example, concealed carry may only occur with a legal permit (CWL). If you want to know more about your rights or if you are facing a gun charge, contact our Milwaukee defense lawyer today.
Is it Illegal to Carry a Weapon While Intoxicated in Wisconsin?
According to Wisconsin gun laws, Statute 941.20 also establishes that it is illegal to possess a firearm while intoxicated. This may also be referred to as endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon by the negligent operation or handling of a dangerous weapon. A person may be charged with this offense whether they operate or merely are armed with the firearm while under the influence.
If a motorist is arrested for OWI and are also found to have a firearm in their vehicle, they may likely face gun charges and OWI charges. They may also be asked to forfeit the firearm found in the vehicle.
Penalties for Gun Offenses
In general, the penalties for gun-related offenses in Wisconsin, like the above, are at the Class A misdemeanor level punishable by up to 9 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. A convicted individual may also be asked to forfeit their firearm in certain cases.
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Do Handguns Need to Be Registered in Wisconsin?
Handguns do not need to be registered in Wisconsin. However, if the gun owner wishes to conceal carry, they must obtain a license through the state. Carrying a concealed weapon without a license is a misdemeanor and can result in a fine and/or imprisonment.
Can You Open Carry a Handgun at 18 in Wisconsin?
Yes, according to Wisconsin state law, an individual who is at least 18 years of age can open carry. If a minor is found in possession of a gun they can be charged with a misdemeanor and even a felony based on the circumstances of the charge.
Can Nonviolent Felons Buy Guns?
No. Wisconsin has prohibited any felons, regardless of the crime they were charged with, from purchasing a gun. If an individual with a previous felony conviction is found in possession of a gun they could face a Class G felony charge, with penalties including fines and/or jailtime, according to Wisconsin statute 941.29.
Expert Defense for Gun Charges
If you are facing gun-related charges in Wisconsin, contact the Milwaukee gun crime attorney at Bayer Law Offices immediately for legal support. Do not risk your constitutional rights without a fair legal fight. Especially if you believe you have been wrongfully accused, you can work with our firm to craft a strong defense against your charges.
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