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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Wisconsin, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 43.0%1
2002: 44.3%2
2001: 44.4%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Wisconsin, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 35.78%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Wisconsin, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 47.3%5 6
1991/2000: 54.1%
1981/1990: 51.1%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 4877
2013: 570
2012: 483
2011: 445
2010: 501
2009: 457
2008: 443
2007: 488
2006: 424
2005: 474
2004: 413
2003: 468
2002: 446
2001: 475
2000: 432
1999: 448

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 8.467
2013: 9.93
2012: 8.44
2011: 7.80
2010: 8.81
2009: 8.06
2008: 7.85
2007: 8.70
2006: 7.60
2005: 8.55
2004: 7.49
2003: 8.54
2002: 8.19
2001: 8.79
2000: 8.05
1999: 8.40

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 1767
2012: 187
2011: 148
2010: 159
2009: 162
2008: 153
2007: 202
2006: 194
2005: 236
2004: 151
2003: 195
2002: 191
2001: 214
2000: 174
1999: 202

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.067
2012: 3.27
2011: 2.59
2010: 2.80
2009: 2.86
2008: 2.71
2007: 3.60
2006: 3.48
2005: 4.26
2004: 2.74
2003: 3.56
2002: 3.51
2001: 3.96
2000: 3.24
1999: 3.79

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 1157
2012: 126
2011: 86
2010: 106
2009: 103
2008: 81
2007: 132
2006: 110
2005: 159
2004: 93
2003: 140
2002: 122
2001: 134
2000: 112
1999: 128

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.007
2012: 2.20
2011: 1.51
2010: 1.86
2009: 1.82
2008: 1.44
2007: 2.35
2006: 1.97
2005: 2.87
2004: 1.69
2003: 2.56
2002: 2.24
2001: 2.48
2000: 2.09
1999: 2.40

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 729 10
2012: 85
2011: 60
2010: 63
2009: 65
2008: 51
2007: 86
2006: 72
2005: 63
2004: 54
2003: 85
2002: 63
2001: 99
2000: 95
1999: 117
1997: 73
1996: 98
1995: 92

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.2512
2012: 1.48
2011: 1.05
2010: 1.11
2009: 1.15
2008: 0.90
2007: 1.53
2006: 1.29
2005: 1.14
2004: 0.98
2003: 1.55
2002: 1.16
2001: 1.83
2000: 1.77
1999: 2.19
1997: 1.39
1996: 1.87
1995: 1.77

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2413 10
2012: 45
2011: 17
2010: 51
2009: 64
2008: 42
2007: 98
2006: 86
2005: 101
2004: 65
2003: 96
2002: 95
2001: 99
2000: 80
1999: 107

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.4213 10
2012: 0.79
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.90
2009: 1.13
2008: 0.74
2007: 1.75
2006: 1.54
2005: 1.82
2004: 1.18
2003: 1.75
2002: 1.74
2001: 1.83
2000: 1.49
1999: 2.01

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 129 10
2012: 6
2011: 10
2010: 11
2009: 12
2008: 10
2007: 14
2006: 6
2005: 15
2004: 13
2003: 14
2002: 18
2001: 18
2000: 11
1999: 7
1997: 9
1996: 8
1995: 11

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2112
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.19
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.18
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.27
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.33
2001: 0.33
2000: 0.20
1999: 0.13
1997: 0.17
1996: 0.15
1995: 0.21

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 1213 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 13
2009: 15
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 16
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 23
2004: 13
2003: 21
2002: 13
2001: 20
2000: 13
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.41
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.38
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.37
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 199 10
2012: 17
2011: 10
2010: 23
2009: 18
2008: 19
2007: 21
2006: 17
2005: 54
2004: 32
2003: 27
2002: 27
2001: 7
2000: 4
1999: 2
1997: 3
1996: 2
1995: 4

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3312
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.40
2009: 0.32
2008: 0.34
2007: 0.37
2006: 0.30
2005: 0.97
2004: 0.58
2003: 0.49
2002: 0.50
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.04
1997: 0.06
1996: 0.04
1995: 0.08

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 7913 10
2012: 76
2011: 60
2010: 42
2009: 24
2008: 30
2007: 18
2006: 17
2005: 35
2004: 15
2003: 23
2002: 14
2001: 15
2000: 19
1999: 12

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Wisconsin, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.3813 10
2012: 1.33
2011: 1.05
2010: 0.74
2009: 0.42
2008: 0.53
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.63
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.42
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 8507
2012: 723
2011: 745
2010: 793
2009: 724
2008: 743
2007: 729
2006: 670
2005: 643
2004: 662
2003: 647
2002: 627
2001: 639
2000: 590
1999: 593

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 14.807
2012: 12.63
2011: 13.05
2010: 13.94
2009: 12.77
2008: 13.17
2007: 12.99
2006: 12.01
2005: 11.59
2004: 12.01
2003: 11.81
2002: 11.51
2001: 11.82
2000: 11.00
1999: 11.12

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 4377
2012: 348
2011: 351
2010: 378
2009: 345
2008: 344
2007: 338
2006: 299
2005: 302
2004: 308
2003: 310
2002: 308
2001: 317
2000: 304
1999: 299

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 7.717
2012: 6.08
2011: 6.15
2010: 6.65
2009: 6.09
2008: 6.10
2007: 6.02
2006: 5.36
2005: 5.45
2004: 5.59
2003: 5.66
2002: 5.66
2001: 5.86
2000: 5.67
1999: 5.61

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 23113
2012: 188
2011: 181
2010: 189
2009: 190
2008: 170
2007: 177
2006: 142
2005: 161
2004: 152
2003: 145
2002: 136
2001: 149
2000: 146
1999: 122

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.0213
2012: 3.28
2011: 3.17
2010: 3.32
2009: 3.35
2008: 3.01
2007: 3.15
2006: 2.55
2005: 2.90
2004: 2.76
2003: 2.65
2002: 2.50
2001: 2.76
2000: 2.72
1999: 2.29

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Wisconsin, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 16213
2012: 138
2011: 145
2010: 166
2009: 137
2008: 149
2007: 142
2006: 137
2005: 120
2004: 134
2003: 246
2002: 150
2001: 153
2000: 131
1999: 165

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.8213
2012: 2.41
2011: 2.54
2010: 2.92
2009: 2.42
2008: 2.64
2007: 2.53
2006: 2.46
2005: 2.16
2004: 2.43
2003: 2.66
2002: 2.75
2001: 2.83
2000: 2.44
1999: 3.09

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 4413
2012: 22
2011: 25
2010: 23
2009: 18
2008: 25
2007: 19
2006: 20
2005: 21
2004: 22
2003: 19
2002: 22
2001: 15
2000: 27
1999: 12

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.7713
2012: 0.38
2011: 0.44
2010: 0.40
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.44
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.36
2005: 0.38
2004: 0.40
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.40
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.50
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 107
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 8
2006: 5
2005: 7
2004: 6
2003: 11
2002: 8
2001: 15
2000: 13
1999: 15

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.177
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.14
2006: 0.09
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.20
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.28
2000: 0.24
1999: 0.28

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 4
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 7
2003: 1
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 4
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 3

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.06

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Wisconsin, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Wisconsin, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 418
2010: 19
2009: 8
2008: 1319
2007: 21
2006: 6
2005: 10
2004: 5
2003: 10
2002: 5
2001: 320
2000: 6
1999: 0
1998: 1
1997: 1
1996: 1
1995: 2

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Wisconsin at a rate of 10.021 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Wisconsin ranked at No. 3621 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Wisconsin is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Wisconsin includes the Wisconsin Statutes 2011−12, Wisconsin Administrative Code and the Constitution of Wisconsin 184823

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Wisconsin are regulated by the State of Wisconsin (with some exceptions for local governments)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Wisconsin, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Wisconsin, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Wisconsin, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Wisconsin, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Wisconsin, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Wisconsin, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Wisconsin is 18 years37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Wisconsin does not stipulate (restraining and protective order only)38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Wisconsin, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Wisconsin, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Wisconsin, licensed firearm dealers are required (for handguns only)41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Wisconsin, licensed gun makers are required (for machine guns only)30 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Wisconsin, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Wisconsin, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Wisconsin is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Wisconsin is obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Wisconsin, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Wisconsin is reported to be

2015: 3,14146
2014: 3,16147
2013: 3,13048
2012: 2,95949
2011: 2,83050

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Wisconsin, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 2 days (handguns)51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Wisconsin, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Wisconsin do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Wisconsin do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Wisconsin include55 53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Wisconsin, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Wisconsin, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Wisconsin, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit61 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Wisconsin, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Wisconsin, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Wisconsin, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Wisconsin, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Wisconsin, private guns are prohibited in state parks and wildlife refuges (with limited exceptions), state buildings, bars and restaurants (with limited exceptions), police stations, correctional and detention facilities, mental health facilities, courthouses, restricted areas of airports, the Wisconsin Resource Center, any prohibited place, universities (with limited exceptions)63 vehicles (loaded firearms)55 and schools64 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Wisconsin as ‘D’65

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Wisconsin on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 366
2010: 867
2009: 1068
2008: 1269
2007: 1270

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Wisconsin at No. 2271 among 50 US States


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