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Can You Carry a Concealed Weapon In A Bar In Wisconsin?

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Concealed Carry in Wisconsin BarsWhile there are a few instances in which it may be legal to carry a concealed firearm in a bar in Wisconsin, bear in mind the law is strict and one sip could land you with up to 9 months in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

What Is The Concealed Carry Law When It Comes To Wisconsin Bars?

Most bars in Wisconsin have a class B liquor license, and under this license patrons can only carry a concealed weapon if they have a concealed carry license and if they maintain absolute sobriety. No sips equates to no problems.

If you consume any alcohol while you are in possession of a concealed firearm, you can be charged with a class A misdemeanor, which will be much more expensive than your bar tab.

Beware: Under Wis. Stat. § 943.13(1m)(b), if the bar displays any kind of signage prohibiting weapons, you are NOT allowed to have your firearm with you.

Are There Any Exceptions To The Concealed Carry Law In Wisconsin Bars?

Yes. Below are a few of the many exceptions. To see the full list of exceptions, read Wis. Stat. § 941.237(3).

  • If in the line of duty, the following people may be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in a bar in Wisconsin:
    • Correctional Officers
    • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces
    • Members of the National Guard
  • With proper licensing and documentation, the following people may be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in a Wisconsin bar:
    • The owner or manager of the premises
    • An employee or agent authorized to carry a firearm by the owner/manager
Contact our experienced attorneys at Grieve Law to discuss specific instances related to concealed carry in Wisconsin bars.

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By: Attorney Tom Grieve on 03/06/2020

Tom Grieve is a former prosecutor who now runs a successful Wisconsin criminal defense law firm with offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison. If are facing new charges initial phone consultations are free: contact online or call 262-786-7100.

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