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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Wisconsin gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy. Permits are issued to residents only, who are 21 or older, have completed a firearms training course, and meet other criteria. Non-resident permits will only be issued to military personnel. Applications are processed at the state level by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and can be filed online or by mail.

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Virginia – Wisconsin will not honor the Virginia Resident Permit/License only their Non Resident Permit/License.
West Virginia – Wisconsin will only honor West Virginia permits issued/renewed after 6/8/12.
Alaska – Only licenses issued/renewed after 1/14/13 are honored in Wisconsin.
Missouri – Only licenses issued/renewed on or after 8/28/13 are honored in Wisconsin.
Ohio – Only Permits Issued/renewed on or after March 23, 2015 are honored in Wisconsin.
Massachusetts – Only Honors the Class A Massachusetts Permit.
South Dakota – Wisconsin Only Honors the Enhanced and Gold Licenses.


Wisconsin is a “shall issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Applicant can provide adequate proof of training
  • Applicant is not prohibited by a court order from possessing a firearm
  • Applicant is a Wisconsin resident as indicated by a current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card or is active military stationed in Wisconsin.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin
  • You have not been convicted of a crime elsewhere that would be a felony if convicted in Wisconsin.
  • You have not been adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that if committed by an adult in this state would be a felony.
  • You have not been committed to treatment and ordered not to possess a firearm.
  • You have not 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.
  • You have not been adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that if committed by an adult in this state would be a felony.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Building that is a police station, sheriff’s office, state patrol station.
  • Prison, jail, house of correction, or secured correctional facility.
  • Secure mental health facility for sexually violent Persons.
  • 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.
  • School grounds or within 1000 feet of a school. This applies to elementary school, middle school, junior high school, senior high school, or high school.
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Wisconsin Gun Laws

Get in Touch

Wisconsin Department of Justice


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 17 W. Main St.

CityMadison, WI 53703

Phone (608) 266-1221

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