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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Wisconsin.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 14 May

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Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Wisconsin

Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.

Similarly, Wisconsin law prohibits the purchase or possession of a firearm by any person who has been:

- Convicted of a felony in Wisconsin, or convicted of a crime elsewhere that would be a felony in Wisconsin;
- Adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that if committed by an adult in Wisconsin would be a felony;
- Found not guilty of a felony in Wisconsin by reason of mental disease or defect;
- Found not guilty or not responsible for a crime elsewhere that would be a felony in Wisconsin by reason of insanity or mental disease, defect or illness;
- Ordered not to possess a firearm because a court has determined that federal law prohibits him or her from possessing firearms because he or she has been:
-- Committed to a treatment facility as mentally ill or drug dependent;
-- Appointed a guardian;
-- Ordered to alcoholism treatment services; or
-- Ordered to protective services or protective placement;
- Enjoined under a domestic abuse or child abuse restraining order or injunction, or certain tribal injunctions; or
- Enjoined under a harassment restraining order or injunction with an order prohibiting the possession of a firearm…

The Wisconsin prohibition against firearm possession by an individual found guilty by reason of insanity, mental disease or defect does not apply if a court subsequently determines that the person is no longer insane or no longer has a mental disease, defect or illness, and the person is not likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety. Similarly, the prohibition against firearm possession by an individual adjudicated delinquent does not apply if a court subsequently determines that the person is not likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety.

Wisconsin has no laws preventing the purchase or possession of firearms by violent misdemeanants…

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

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