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What You Should Know About Concealed Carry Laws in Wisconsin

While you are allowed to conceal and carry firearms in some instances in the state of Wisconsin, there are still laws on the books which dicate what you can and can’t do with them. You don’t have carte blanche to do with them what you want.

To keep yourself out of legal trouble, it’s important to know what the laws are regarding concealing and carrying. This is what you should know about concealed carry laws in Wisconsin.

Who is Allowed to Conceal and Carry in Wisconsin?


As with the driving of an automobile or the imbibing of alcohol, the concealing and carrying of a firearm has a minimum age requirement. In the state of Wisconsin, this age is 21 years old.

Anyone under the age of 21 who conceals and carries a firearm will be subject to various legal percussions.

Law-Abiding Citizens

In order to conceal and carry a firearm in the state of Wisconsin, you must have a relatively clean legal record. While you can still carry with a few minor offenses on your record, you will be forbidden to carry if you have any felonies.

This is usually determined on a case-by-case basis, so it might be wise to consult a lawyer in order to determine your status.

Mentally Stable Individuals

Not only must your legal record be fairly spotless in order for you to conceal and carry a firearm, but your mental health record as well.

However, only those individuals who have been declared mentally unfit in a court of law are typically subject to the regulations. You aren’t required to undergo a mental health screening.

Permit Holders

At this point in time, if you’re going to conceal and carry in public in Wisconsin, you’ll need a concealed carry permit. You can obtain one of these permits by applying at this website.

The state will typically run a background check on you to ensure that you’re fit to hold a firearm in public.

Where Can You Not Conceal and Carry in Wisconsin?

Detention Centers

Regardless of whether or not you’ve got a permit, you are now allowed to conceal and carry in a detention center or prison.

Mental Health Institutions

While you may be able to conceal and carry in certain parts of mental health institutions, you cannot conceal and carry in secured parts of the buildings.


In the vast majority of cases, you cannot conceal and carry while in a court of law.

Airport Security Checkpoints

Concealed and carried firearms are one of many types of weapons which cannot be taken into airport security checkpoints.

Alcohol-Serving Establishments

In most instances, you are not allowed to conceal and carry firearms in establishments which sell or serve alcohol.

Penalties for Violating Concealed Carry Laws in Wisconsin

Those who are carrying a concealed firearm without a permit are subject to penalties in the ways of up to 9 months in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.

If you’re caught concealing and carrying whilst also being legally forbidden from having a firearm, you are subject to up to $25,000 in fines, and up to 10 years in prison.

If you have a permit to conceal and carry, but are caught concealing and carrying in a forbidden area, you can be fined up to $500, and can spend up to 30 days in jail.

Charged with a Concealed Carry Violation?  

If you’ve been charged with violating concealed carry laws in Wisconsin, you face not only stiff fines, but possible jail time. For this reason, you need to take your charges very seriously.

If you’re going to stand a chance against the charges, you’re going to need excellent legal defense on your side. Fortunately for you, you’ve found it.

Here at Hartley Pecora Law Offices, we’re well-versed in defending clients against concealed carry charges. Our goal is to get you off with as light a sentence as possible.

Schedule your complimentary legal consultation now!