Wisconsin Gun Laws

If you’re looking to obtain a legal firearm in Wisconsin, here are some facts about Wisconsin gun laws.


Wisconsin is a shall-issue state that allows concealed carry for anyone 21 years of age. A Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Weapons License (CWL) is issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ).

Is There a Waiting Period to Buy a Gun in Wisconsin?

No, there is no waiting period to buy a gun in Wisconsin.

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Wisconsin?

Yes, a permit is not required to purchase a handgun in Wisconsin. You do not need a permit to purchase a long gun in Wisconsin.

Who Is Eligible To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Weapons License (CWL) in Wisconsin?

Any Wisconsin state resident who is at least 21 years of age can apply for a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Weapons License (CWL).

Is Firearms Training A Requirement in Wisconsin For a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Weapons License (CWL)?

Yes, Wisconsin requires an applicant to attend a firearms training course before applying for a Concealed Weapons License (CWL).

What Are The Requirements To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Weapons License (CWL) in Wisconsin?

Guidelines to obtain a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License (CWL):

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a legal resident of Wisconsin
  • Must meet federal qualifications to purchase a handgun
  • Completed a handgun training course

What Are The Steps To Obtain A Concealed Weapons License (CWL) in Wisconsin?

Applications for a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License (CWL) are available online at the Wisconsin Department of Justice Concealed Carry website: concealedcarry.doj.wi.gov. You can download an application and mail it in or fill out an online application.

Step 1: Complete a firearm training competency course

Step 2: Compete an application with signatures

Step 3: Submit the application, firearm training documentation, proof of Wisconsin residence, and fee

How much does a Wisconsin concealed carry permit cost?

The fee for a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License (CWL) is $40.

Does Wisconsin Recognize Concealed Carry Pistol Permits From Other States?

Wisconsin will honor concealed carry permits from states they have reciprocity agreements with.

Is Wisconsin a Constitutional Carry State?

No, Wisconsin is not a constitutional carry state.

Is Wisconsin an Open Carry State?

Yes, open carry is allowed in Wisconsin without a permit nor license for any person who is at least 18 years old and who can legally possess a firearm.

Is Wisconsin a Stand Your Ground State?

Yes, Wisconsin is a Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground state. There is no duty to retreat.

Are AR-Style and Other Semi-Auto Rifles Legal in Wisconsin?

Yes, semi-auto rifles are legal to buy and possess in Wisconsin.

Are Standard-Capacity Magazines Allowed in Wisconsin?

Yes. There are no state laws restricting magazine capacities in Wisconsin.

Does Wisconsin Have Gun Storage Laws?

Yes, Wisconsin has a safe storage law, which means a person in Wisconsin is committing a misdemeanor if they knowingly leave a handgun within reach of any person under 14 years old.

Is Wisconsin a Red Flag State?

No, Wisconsin does not have a red flag law.

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Robert Sadowski
Having been trained by many top-shelf handgun, shotgun, AR carbine, and long-range shooting instructors, Robert Sadowski brings a user's perspective to Gun Tests. He has authored and edited 15 books on firearm values, firearm disassembly and assembly, and gun guides. His Book Of Glock (Skyhorse Publishing) debuted as an Amazon #1 New Release and is a must-read for the Glock enthusiast. His latest book, 9MM - Guide to America's Most Popular Caliber (Gun Digest Books), is an indispensable resource on the 9mm and understanding the cartridge's performance for concealed carry, home defense, or competition. Over the past two decades, Sadowski has written for many magazines and websites, including tacticallife.com, range365.com, shootingillustrated.com, personaldefenseworld.com and more. His print work has appeared in Combat Handguns, Ballistic, Real World Survivor, Guns Digest, Guns of the Old West, SHOT Business, and more. He is currently the Treasurer/Secretary of the Glock Collectors Association. After receiving an MA from New York University, he worked for a number of magazine publishers and advertising agencies. Sadowski is a lifelong hunter, competitive shooter, and native of Connecticut. He now lives in North Carolina to take full advantage of our 2nd Amendment privilege.


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