Concealed Weapon Charges in Wisconsin: You Might Be Surprised by What is Considered “Concealed”
When is your weapon concealed?
In Wisconsin, it is illegal to carry a weapon concealed on your person or in your car without a valid concealed carry permit. Some forms of concealment are obvious: if your shirt covers your gun in its holster at your waist, it is concealed. If your gun is in your purse or in the glove box or center console of your car, it is concealed. If your weapon is not completely visible to those around you, it is concealed.
You may not have meant to conceal the weapon.
Some forms of concealment are less obvious. If your weapon is on the passenger seat of your car, it may be concealed. Someone sitting in their car next to you would not be able to see your weapon from where they are sitting if it is on the passenger seat of your car, below the window level. Therefore, your weapon could be considered concealed. Additionally, if your shirt falls and covers a portion of your firearm on your waist, it could also be concealed.
Carrying a Concealed Weapon is a class A misdemeanor in Wisconsin, punishable by up to 9 months in jail and a $10,000 fine. A conviction on this type of charge can have significant consequences on your future.
Related weapon charges include:
- Possession of a firearm while intoxicated
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Recklessly endangering safety
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If you are charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon or any other weapon charge in Waukesha, Milwaukee, or surrounding areas in Wisconsin, talk to our team of award-winning former prosecutors and experienced gun lawyers to learn your options.