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I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Wisconsin, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

Based on our most recent research, the USCCA has identified just two states with statutes against carrying a concealed firearm while wearing a mask: California and Illinois (although sheriffs and county prosecutors in Illinois have made statements indicating that wearing a mask to protect others from COVID-19 while carrying a gun isn’t illegal as long as the wearer isn’t wearing the mask while committing a crime). Due to the large number of inquiries, some states have publicly addressed their laws regarding wearing masks although some, like Wisconsin, only refer to individuals concealing their identity with the intention to commit illegal acts or to specifically hide their identity, and do not address wearing a mask while legally carrying a concealed firearm [Wis. Stat. § 939.41]. In addition, based on the Dane County mask order, Deputy City Attorney Marci Paulson stated she doesn’t know of any statutory or regulatory prohibition that would affect a concealed carry license while complying with the order to wear a mask.

If you have further questions, we recommend that you reach out to your local law enforcement office, or district attorney.

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Summary of Wisconsin Gun Laws

Wisconsin is a shall-issue state. Wisconsin gun laws operate at the state level with concealed carry weapons (CCW) licenses issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual.

Open carry is legal for any person that is 18 years or older and not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state and federal laws.

Concealed carry is legal for residents with a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License (CWL) and for non-residents with a license/permit from a state that Wisconsin honors. CWLs are only issued to residents and military personnel stationed in Wisconsin. Applicants must be 21 or older, have completed a firearms training course and meet other criteria. In terms of reciprocity, Wisconsin will honor permits from states they have reciprocity agreements with, as well as states that require a background check comparable to the check conducted under Wisconsin law.

Self-Defense

Wisconsin is a Castle Doctrine state. There is no duty to retreat, and the law applies at a person’s residence, vehicle or business.

Self-Defense and Defense of Others
A person is privileged to threaten or intentionally use force against another only if the actor reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent or terminate the interference. The actor may not intentionally use deadly force unless the actor reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself.

A person is privileged to defend a third person from real or apparent unlawful interference under the same conditions and by the same means as those under and by which the person is privileged to defend himself or herself from real or apparent unlawful interference, provided that the person reasonably believes that the facts are such that the third person would be privileged to act in self-defense and that the person’s intervention is necessary for the protection of the third person.

If an actor intentionally used deadly force, the court may not consider whether the actor had an opportunity to flee or retreat before he or she used force and shall presume that the actor reasonably believed that the force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself if either of the following applies:

  • The person against whom the force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcibly entering the actor’s dwelling, motor vehicle or place of business; the actor was present in the dwelling, motor vehicle or place of business; and the actor knew or reasonably believed that an unlawful and forcible entry was occurring; or
  • The person against whom the force was used was in the actor’s dwelling, motor vehicle or place of business after unlawfully and forcibly entering it; the actor was present in the dwelling, motor vehicle or place of business; and the actor knew or reasonably believed that the person had unlawfully and forcibly entered the dwelling, motor vehicle or place of business.

“Dwelling” means any premises or portion of a premises that is used as a home or a place of residence and that part of the lot or site on which the dwelling is situated that is devoted to residential use. “Dwelling” includes other existing structures on the immediate residential premises such as driveways, sidewalks, swimming pools, terraces, patios, fences, porches, garages and basements.

“Place of business” means a business that the actor owns or operates.

Defense of Property and Protection Against Retail Theft
A person is privileged to threaten or intentionally use force for the purpose of preventing or terminating what the person reasonably believes to be an unlawful interference with the person’s property. Only such degree of force or threat thereof may intentionally be used as the actor reasonably believes is necessary to prevent or terminate the interference. It is not reasonable to intentionally use deadly force for the sole purpose of defense of one’s property.

A person is privileged to defend a third person’s property from real or apparent unlawful interference under the same conditions and by the same means as those under and by which the person is privileged to defend his or her own property, provided that the person reasonably believes that the facts are such as would give the third person the privilege to defend his or her own property and that the third person whose property the person is protecting is a member of his or her immediate family or household or a person whose property the person has a legal duty to protect, or is a merchant and the actor is the merchant’s employee or agent. An official or adult employee or agent of a library is privileged to defend the property of the library in the manner specified in this subsection.

[Wis. Stat. §§ 939.48 & 939.49]

Wisconsin Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Wisconsin allow constitutional carry?

No. Wisconsin is not a constitutional carry state.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Wisconsin?

Yes, without a permit.  Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry. However a concealed carry permit is required to conceal a loaded handgun within reach in a vehicle.

[Wis. Stat. § 947.01]
[Wis. Stat. § 66.0409]

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Wisconsin requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Wisconsin grants concealed carry permits on a shall-issue basis.

[Wis. Stat. § 175.60(2)(a)]

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Wisconsin to get a concealed carry permit?

You must be at least 21 to carry in Wisconsin.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Wisconsin with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

Yes. “Weapon" means a handgun, an electric weapon, or a billy club.

“Electric weapon" means any device which is designed, redesigned, used or intended to be used, offensively or defensively, to immobilize or incapacitate persons by the use of electric current.

A handgun does not include a machine gun, a short barreled rifle or a short barreled shotgun. Wis. Stat. 175.60(1)(bm).

Long guns (rifles, shotguns) may not be carried concealed.

[Wis. Stat. § 175.60(1)(j)]

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Wisconsin?

Yes. A concealed carry permit is required to carry a stun gun or Taser, except in an individual’s dwelling, place of business or on land that he or she owns, leases, or legally occupies. The minimum age for possession is 18 years old. Transporting a stun gun is allowed without a permit if the stun gun is enclosed within a carrying case. It is illegal to carry or use a stun gun on school premises.

[Wis. Stat. § 941.295]
[Wis. Stat. § 948.61]

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Wisconsin?

Yes, any non-felon at least 18 years old or minors that have permission of a parent or guardian, may purchase or possess a device that contains a combination of oleoresin of capsicum and inert ingredients but does not contain any other gas or substance that will cause bodily discomfort when acting in self-defense or defense of another. It is illegal to use pepper spray against a peace officer or in a crime. The device must have a proper label and written safety instructions for using the device or container.

[Wis. Stat. 941.26]

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Wisconsin issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, but only issued to military personnel stationed in Wisconsin.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Wisconsin allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No. Wisconsin concealed carry data is not public record.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Wisconsin?

Yes, with a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License or a license/permit from a state that Wisconsin honors, but not in or on the grounds of a school. 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 loaded handgun within reach in a vehicle.

Without a permit, a loaded handgun must not be concealed in any manner, including on a car seat. Based on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruling in State v. Walls (1994), in order to be considered openly carried in a vehicle, the handgun must be discernible from the ordinary observation of a person located outside and within the immediate vicinity of the vehicle. Some interpret this to mean above the window line of the vehicle.

[Wis. Stat. § 167.31]
[Wis. Stat. § 948.605]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Wisconsin?

Yes, with a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License or a license/permit from a state that Wisconsin honors.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Wisconsin?

Yes, with a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License or a license/permit from a state that Wisconsin honors.

[Wis. Stat. §29.091]
[Wis. Stat. § 29.089]

Carry in Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Wisconsin?

Yes, with a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License or a license/permit from a state that Wisconsin honors, unless posted and provided you consume no alcohol.

[Wis. Stat. § 941.237]

Carry/Possess at a hotel?

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Wisconsin?

Any business may prohibit individuals from entering the premises with a firearm, if the property is posted or verbal notice is given, though weapons can be stored in vehicles in parking areas. The individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy.  Handguns are prohibited from hotel taverns for anyone without a concealed carry  license, provided the licensee does not consume alcohol. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

[Wis. Stat. §§ 943.13 (1m)(c), 943.237(2), (3)(cx) and (3)(i)]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Wisconsin have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

An employer may not prohibit a licensee, as a condition of employment, from carrying or storing a concealed weapon, a particular type of concealed weapon, or ammunition in the licensee’s own motor vehicle, regardless of whether the motor vehicle is used in the course of employment or whether the motor vehicle is driven or parked on property used by the employer.

[Wis. Stat. 175.60(15m)(b)]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Wisconsin?

No. You have no duty to reveal that you are carrying a concealed weapon unless the officer asks.

[Wis. Stat. § 175.6(2g)(c)]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Wisconsin have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. Wisconsin does not limit the maximum size of handgun magazines.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Wisconsin have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Wisconsin prohibits the possession or use of an armor-piercing bullet during the commission of a crime.

[Wis. Stat. § 941.296(2)]

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Wisconsin? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. Whoever enters or remains in any of the following areas once notified not to enter or remain while carrying a firearm is subject to a Class B forfeiture:

  • A residence;
  • A common area in a building or on the grounds of a residence that is not a single-family residence;
  • Any part of a nonresidential building, grounds or land (not including state or by a local governmental properties, buildings on the grounds or grounds of a university or college);
  • A special event;
  • Any part of a building that is owned, occupied or controlled by the state or any local governmental unit, excluding any building or portion of a building under §175.60 (16) (a) (not including leased residential or business premises); or
  • In any privately or publicly owned building or on the grounds of a university or college (not including leased residential or business premises in the buildings).

These restrictions do not apply to firearms that are in vehicles driven or parked in parking facilities on these properties.

[Wis. Stat. § 943.13]

Preemption?

Does Wisconsin have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except cities may:

  • Restrict the discharge of firearms (except for self-defense).

[Wis. Stat. § 66.0409]

Brandishing?

Does Wisconsin state law define brandishing?

No. However, anybody who endangers another's safety by the negligent operation or handling of a dangerous weapon, or intentionally points a firearm at or toward another shall be charged.

[Wis. Stat. § 941.20]

Whoever, in a public or private place, engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance shall be charged.

[Wis. Stat. § 947.01]

Red Flag Law?

Does Wisconsin have a red flag law?

No. Wisconsin does not have an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law.

Carry While Using Alcohol or Controlled Substances?

Does Wisconsin have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or controlled substances?

Not while consuming or under the influence or while the person has a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance in his or her blood. Under the influence of an intoxicant means that the actor's ability to operate a vehicle or handle a firearm or airgun is materially impaired because of his or her consumption of an alcohol beverage, hazardous inhalant, a controlled substance, controlled substance analog, or any combination of those things.

[Wis. Stat. §§ 941.20, 941.237 and 939.22(42)]

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Wisconsin?

No. A special permit is not required when purchasing a handgun in Wisconsin.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Wisconsin?

No. Private firearms transfers are not subject to a background check requirement, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions, including age restrictions, still apply. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Wisconsin Permit Exempts from Background Check?

Does my current Wisconsin concealed carry permit exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?

No.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Wisconsin?

No. Wisconsin law does not require a waiting period for handgun sales.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Wisconsin?

No. Handguns do not need to be registered in Wisconsin.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Wisconsin?

You must be at least 18 years old to possess or transport a handgun in Wisconsin.

[Wis. Stat. § 948.60]

Possess a handgun on my private property without a permit?

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home without a permit?

Yes. Anyone legally entitled to carry a firearm may carry a concealed firearm without a license in his or her own dwelling, place of business or on land that he or she owns, leases, or legally occupies.

[Wis. Stat. § 941.23(2)(e)]

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Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Wisconsin?

Yes, with a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License or a license/permit from a state that Wisconsin honors, except when shining. In addition, a person who owns, leases or is the legal occupant of land and who is at least age18, will be allowed to possess a concealed handgun while hunting on those lands without the need for a license to carry a concealed weapon. To use the concealed handgun for hunting purposes, the handgun must be a legal size and caliber for the species being hunted.

[WI Dept of Natural Resources website]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Wisconsin?

Yes. Individuals with a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License or a license/permit from a state that Wisconsin honors, or qualified former law enforcement officer may possess the type of firearm they qualified with and which is indicated on their certification card, may concealed carry in a wildlife refuge, a Wisconsin state park or state fish hatchery. However this does not allow such persons to hunt or discharge their firearm in the refuge, state park or state fish hatchery, nor does it allow bringing the firearm inside state owned buildings on these properties which are posted with signs that provide notice that firearms are not allowed in the building. In addition, a person who owns, leases or is the legal occupant of land and who is at least age18, will be allowed to possess a concealed handgun while hunting on those lands without the need for a license to carry a concealed weapon.

[WI Dept of Natural Resources website]

Hunter Harassment Law?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Wisconsin?

Yes. No person may interfere or attempt to interfere with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping with the intent to prevent the taking of a wild animal, or intentionally interfere with or intentionally attempt to interfere with an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, by doing any of the following:

  • Harassing a wild animal or by engaging in an activity that tends to harass wild animals;
  • Impeding or obstructing a person who is engaged in lawful hunting, fishing or trapping;
  • Impeding or obstructing a person who is engaged in an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing or trapping;
  • Disturbing the personal property of a person engaged in lawful hunting, fishing or trapping;
  • Disturbing a lawfully placed hunting blind or stand; 
  • Disturbing lawfully placed bait or other material used to feed or attract a wild animal;
  • Using a drone to conduct any activity prohibited under this law; or
  • Engaging in a series of 2 or more acts carried out over time, however short or long, that show a continuity of purpose and that are intended to impede or obstruct a person who is engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, or an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, including any of the following:
    • Maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the person;

    • Approaching or confronting the person;

    • Photographing, videotaping, audiotaping, or through other electronic means, monitoring or recording the activities of the person.

[Wis. Stat. § 29.083]

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State Constitutional Provision
The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose."
ARTICLE 1, § 25

Wisconsin Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Wisconsin honor?

Alabama (at least 21 years old)
California (at least 21 years old)
Delaware (at least 21 years old)
Florida (only non-resident permits that have been issued/renewed after 8/1/2013)
Idaho (Enhanced permits only)
Indiana (at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (only permits issued/renewed on or after 3/9/2015)
Massachusetts (Class A permits only)
Missouri (only permits issued/renewed on or after 8/28/2013, at least 21 years old (not provisional licenses))
Montana (at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (Class 1 permits only and at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (only permits issued/renewed on or after 10/1/2018 )
South Dakota (Only Enhanced and Gold permits and at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
Virginia (non-resident permits only)
West Virginia (at least 21 years old)

Wisconsin will honor permits from states they have reciprocity agreements with, as well as states that require a background check comparable to the check conducted under Wisconsin law. People with CCW permits from these states may carry concealed in Wisconsin provided that they are at least 21 years old and not a Wisconsin resident. More information on reciprocity can be found at the state website. Residents must have a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License (CWL) in order to carry in the state.


Other States' Reciprocity With Wisconsin

Which states honor permits from Wisconsin?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Wisconsin

Wisconsin offers resident and non-resident permits. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors Wisconsin resident permits (and not those issued to non-residents).

Colorado (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 18 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Provide a current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card or be active military stationed in Wisconsin;
  • Provide proof that you have completed a firearms safety training course;
  • Not be prohibited by a court order from possessing a firearm;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin or convicted of a crime elsewhere that would be a felony if convicted in Wisconsin;
  • Not have been adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that if committed by an adult in Wisconsin would be a felony;
  • Not have been committed to treatment and ordered not to possess a firearm;
  • Not have been 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; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial License $40

Renewals $22

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

21 days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Only issued to military personnel stationed in Wisconsin. The process is the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

To apply for a replacement license due to a name and/or address change, you can use the online system to Request a Replacement License and pay the fee. There is no charge for address changes if no new card is requested.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

If your License was damaged and are requesting a new card with your existing License Number you must complete the Replacement License Request Form and submit your request through the mail and return your damaged card. 

You may use the online system to request to have your lost or stolen CCW license replaced. A new License number will be assigned. The cost for a replacement license is $12 and will require a new background check.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Wisconsin and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?
Wisconsin issues license to residents and military personnel stationed in Wisconsin only. You can apply for your license to the sheriff of your county once you have a current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card.

Moving from Wisconsin and have a Wisconsin resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Wisconsin license remains valid?
If a person with a Wisconsin concealed weapons license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.


Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a firearm training course if required.

Step 2:

For mail applications, download the application from the website or complete the online application.

Step 3:

The following documents are required:

  • The completed application form with required original signatures (no photo copies);
  • Current Wisconsin residential mailing address;
  • Current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card number; and 
  • Acceptable proof of training.

Pay the fee.

Step 4:

Submit the form online or mail the application to the Wisconsin Department of Justice along with $40 payment.

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Attn: Firearms Unit
P.O. Box 7130
Madison, WI, 53707-7130

Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Wisconsin

Per 175.60(4), training can be satisfied by providing a certificate from any of the following:

  • A hunter education program;
  • A current or expired concealed carry license from another state that has not been revoked for cause;
  • Small arms training while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard;
  • A certification letter from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board or a letter from a Police Department stating you served as a police officer and completed training;
  • A Firearms Certification of Proficiency as part of private security training from the Department of Safety and Professional Services or a similar course in another state; or
  • A certificate of completion from a firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors, a law enforcement agency, technical college, college, university or an instructor certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors.

A student has 12 months to apply for their permit after taking a class.

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Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

You are eligible to renew your license if it is valid and you are within 120 days of the expiration date or if your license has not been expired for more than 90 days. A licensee is ineligible to renew their license outside of that timeframe. Your ability to renew your license after the expiration date DOES NOT authorize you to carry concealed with an expired CCW License. 

Step 2:

For mail applications, download the renewal application from the website or complete the online application.

Step 3:

The following documents are required:

  • The completed form with required original signatures (no photo copies);
  • Current Wisconsin residential mailing address; and
  • Current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card number.

Pay the fee.

Step 4:

Submit the form online or mail the application to the Wisconsin Department of Justice along with $40 payment.

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Attn: Firearms Unit
P.O. Box 7130
Madison, WI, 53707-7130

Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Per Wis. Stat. § 174.49, Wisconsin RLEOs may request his or her former law enforcement employer to issue a certification card which permits the former officer to carry a concealed handgun. Former federal LEOs and RLEOs from out-of-state agencies, residing in Wisconsin, may request a certification card through the WisDOJ. All RLEO handgun qualification must be conducted by an instructor certified by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board.

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation only issues LEOSA cards to retired DCI agents. Retired federal agents and out-of-state LEO’s who now reside in Wisconsin must submit their application to the Division of Law Enforcement Services (DLES) to obtain a LEOSA card.  

Links

WI DOJ LEOSA Process and Forms
DOJ WILEnet LEOSA Information
LEOSA Carry Process in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Law Enforcement Handgun Qualification Standard


Wisconsin Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Wisconsin?
  • Carry in bars/restaurants that serve alcoholYes, unless posted AND provided you consume no alcohol.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? No. Only with a valid concealed-carry permit. 
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit.
  • Carry when traveling by train or bus? Yes. The Wisconsin state Supreme Court ruled in December 2019 that concealed carry permit holders may carry concealed handguns on Madison City buses. As of December 16, 2019, city attorneys were still determining when the ruling will take effect.
  • Carry when traveling by airplane? No for commercial aircraft. Yes for private aircraft.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship, unless the place of worship is on the grounds or within 1,000 feet of a school which provides an educational program for one or more grades between grades 1 and 12 . Also, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms. 
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Wisconsin?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • On school grounds of elementary schools, middle schools, junior high schools and senior high schools (except a gun that is not loaded and is encased or in a locked firearms rack that is on a motor vehicle) [Wis. Stat. § 948.605(2)];
  • All universities in the University of Wisconsin system, except with the written approval of the chief administrative officer [Wis. Adm. Code UWS § 18.10(3)];
  • Building that is a police station, sheriff’s office or state patrol station;
  • Prison, jail, house of correction or secured correctional facility;
  • Mental health facility for sexually violent persons;
  • The 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;

[Wis. Stat. § 175.60(16)]

  • Offices of the Wisconsin State Capitol Police or in the Supreme (Legislative offices throughout the Capitol can choose whether to post a sign on their door to signify that firearms are not allowed in their offices) [Weapon Policy];
  • Anywhere while under the influence of an intoxicant [Wis. Stat. § 941.20(1)(b)];
  • Any business, residential or non-residential property, state or local government office, college or university that is posted or where verbal notice has been given, though weapons can be stored in vehicles in parking areas [Wis. Stat. § 943.13 (1m)(c)]; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

FAQ: Wisconsin Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Wisconsin?

Knives are not listed as dangerous weapons in Wisconsin, so knives may be carried openly or concealed. Anyone who is prohibited from possessing a firearm is prohibited from carrying a concealed knife. Knives are prohibited at K -12 schools, which includes buildings and grounds, athletic fields, recreation areas and any other property used or operated for school administration. Local governments may also restrict the possession of knives at government facilities.

[Wis. Stat. §§ 939.22(10), 941.231 and 948.61]


Wisconsin Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2020-09-03

Added information on Self Defense in the Summary

2020-06-30

Added information on wearing a COVID 19 mask while carrying concealed above the Summary

2020-06-04

Added info and statutory links for ammunition restrictions in At A Glance table

2020-05-06

Added info on handguns at hotels in At A Glance table

2020-04-20

Added info on handguns on private property in At A Glance table

2020-04-07

Added info on private gun sales in At A Glance table

2020-02-24

Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table

2020-02-20

Added related blog posts with links

2020-02-18

Added info regarding residency changes and resulting impacts on carry permits

2020-01-31

Updated the knife laws and added statutory references

2020-01-13

Updated info on carry while using alcohol or controlled substances in At A Glance table

2019-12-04

Added info on whether a valid state ccw permit exempts a person from needing a background check when purchasing a firearm to the At A Glance table

2019-12-02

Updated reciprocity per WI DOJ website

2019-11-22

Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations

2019-11-04

Added brandishing info to At A Glance table

2019-10-16

Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table

2019-10-01

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table

2019-09-09

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-14

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-26

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-05-10

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-19

Links checked

2019-04-03

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-22

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church carry info to location restrictions section

2019-01-24

Added info about alcohol or prescription medication in At A Glance table

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

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