Firearm Offenses Carry Stiff Penalties
Frequently Asked Gun Crime Questions For Wisconsin
What are the penalties for firearm offenses?
The Second Amendment provides gun owners with specific protections. However, the right to bear arms is not absolute. Current laws provide substantial consequences for firearms offenses such as illegal possession of firearms. Public opinions about guns in some sectors may influence authorities to aggressively prosecute gun crimes. Firearms offenses range from minor state misdemeanors to federal felony offenses which can mean years in prison.
What constitutes illegal possession of a firearm?
Illegal possession of a firearm: If you are a convicted felon, you are prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm and you can be charged with another felony for this offense. Additionally, if there is a restraining order against you, you may be prohibited from possessing a firearm.
However, not all felonies restrict your right to own a gun. A white-collar crime may include a year or longer in prison, but that doesn’t necessarily infringe upon your right to own a gun since the offense was nonviolent.
Read about other loopholes for owning a gun as a felon.
At Levine Law in Milwaukee, we aggressively represent clients charged with all types of firearms offenses at every level. Our goal is to safeguard rights and obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Contact us online or call us at 414-271-9585 if you have been charged.
What else can disqualify a person from owning a gun?
Many other factors beyond being a convicted felon can disqualify a person from owning a gun in the state of Wisconsin. Persons who have been convicted of any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, persons who have been committed to a mental institution, those who have suffered from drug or controlled substance addiction within the last year, and military personnel who have been dishonorably discharged are all prohibited from owning a firearm under Wisconsin State Statute 941.29.
Levine Law can help defend your 2nd amendment rights.
Contact us online or call us at 414-271-9585 to speak with a gun crime lawyer.
What constitutes concealed carry?
Do I need a permit to concealed carry?
Open carry is permitted in Wisconsin to anyone 18 years or older who is legally entitled to carry a handgun. However, Wisconsin gun owners need a concealed carry permit to conceal a loaded handgun within reach in a vehicle. Gun owners must renew their concealed carry Wisconsin license every five years.
What constitutes illegal weapons?
Possession of illegal weapons: Certain types of weapons are prohibited under the law. This includes short-barreled or sawed-off shotguns. Machine guns are legal if they are registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as well as your local sheriff or chief of police.
What are federal-level firearm offenses?
What are types of firearm offenses?
We handle firearms offenses and related cases involving crimes such as:
- Gun trafficking and illegal sale or transport of firearms
- Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person
- Sale of a firearm to a prohibited person
- Possession of an illegal weapon
- Use of a firearm in connection with a violent crime or drug trafficking
Is using a gun for self-defense legal?
Gun violence is some of the most dangerous because of the weapons being used. A single shot has the potential to kill, putting others’ lives at risk. Normally, there is no good reason to use a weapon against another person.
In your case, you were at home when someone broke in. You felt threatened, and you used your weapon to defend yourself. Was it legal to use lethal force?
Can I be charged if I purchase or sell an illegal or unlicensed gun?
Anyone purchasing or selling a gun should call the Crime Information Bureau – Handgun Hotline before making any sort of transaction surrounding a weapon. Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) are retailers legally permitted to sell firearms and have undergone a background check and safety training. If you are not licensed to sell or own a gun in Wisconsin, you could be charged with a Class G felony, potentially up to 10 years in prison.