In Wisconsin both open and concealed carry of weapons are legal. Concealed carry requires a permit where open carry does not. There are certain privileges and limitations involved in carrying a weapon whether concealed or open – it is important to understand gun laws in Wisconsin to avoid weapons charges.
Wisconsin’s open carry means that someone 18 or older can carry a loaded weapon in public without a permit. Open means in plain view so any gun hidden from sight requires a concealed weapon permit to carry the firearm.
In general, whether you have a concealed permit or open carry, you are restricted from carrying a firearm into certain facilities such as police stations, correctional or mental health facilities, courthouses and airports.
In addition to prohibited locations, possessing a weapon in various circumstances can lead to weapons charges. For example, a person carrying a firearm can be charged with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon when operating or carrying a firearm while he or she is under the influence of an intoxicant or has a detectable controlled substance in their blood.
Someone may also face weapons charges if they endanger the safety of another by the negligent operation or handling of a dangerous weapon, pointing a gun at or toward another for reasons not allowed by law, discharging weapons on other people’s land under certain circumstances and other illegal acts.
Weapon violations come with severe consequences. For example, intoxicated possession of a firearm may be charged as a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine or both. Many times weapons charges involving intoxication happen when someone is pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Even if a driver has a conceal carry permit and the weapon is tucked away in a glove box, if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol they may face weapons charges because the gun is within reach.
Arrested for Possession of Firearm While Intoxicated in Wisconsin
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A Wisconsin OWI combined with a weapons charge can translate into significant jail time and fines as can other weapons violations mentioned here. It is important to work with an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who has experience defending against weapons violations. There are various strategies that can result in an outright dismissal of possession of firearm while intoxicated charges or reduction in charges and associated sentencing. Contact Andrew C. Ladd for immediate assistance today at 262-542-3900.