Wisconsin Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Wisconsin Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Wisconsin gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Wisconsin can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Wisconsin State Constitution

The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.

Wisconsin Gun Laws

Wisconsin Hunting Rules & Regulations

Wisconsin Shooting Ranges

Wisconsin Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

Wisconsin NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Wisconsin Gun Shows and FFLs

Wisconsin's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Wisconsin Elected Public Officials

Wisconsin Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Wisconsin State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings