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    Open Carry in WI

    Can non-residents open carry in Wisconsin? What are the rules governing transport of your firearm, or where must the firearm be located while in the car?

    Any help is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNBlackjack View Post
    Can non-residents open carry in Wisconsin? What are the rules governing transport of your firearm, or where must the firearm be located while in the car?

    Any help is appreciated.
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    Not that I am dim or anything, but trying to make sense of the legislation is like trying to scratch that one spot on your back that you just can't reach.

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    from what i am told , u cannot ( a non-resident ) open carry in wi.some nra instuctors from wi. told me this a few weeks ago. wi. residents who do always get hassled. they r taken in for about usually 3-4 hours.even though it is perfectly legal for them to open carry.the cops then say they r checking on them.even though it is legal , the leo's r trying to make a point. u carry, were gonna make it miserable for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALUCARD View Post
    from what i am told , u cannot ( a non-resident ) open carry in WI.
    Not true at all. There is no distinction between a resident and non-resident. Open carry is legal for anyone not prohibited from possessing a firearm.
    ...some NRA instructors from WI. told me this a few weeks ago. WI residents who do always get hassled. they r taken in for about usually 3-4 hours.even though it is perfectly legal for them to open carry.the cops then say they r checking on them.even though it is legal , the leo's r trying to make a point. u carry, were gonna make it miserable for you
    This may have been the case in the past, and can still happen on occasion, but it is becoming more and more widely accepted. In fact, the WI DOJ released this memo last year to clarify what constitutes "disorderly conduct". Of particular importance are the last 2 paragraphs. Essentially, there must be reasonable suspicion that a crime is afoot in order to detain you. Otherwise, any information requested of you may be refused and you must be at liberty to go free.
    Quote Originally Posted by MNBlackjack View Post
    What are the rules governing transport of your firearm, or where must the firearm be located while in the car?
    The firearm must be unloaded and securely fastened within a commercial gun case. Beyond that, it may be anywhere in the vehicle. Loaded is defined in WI as a round in the chamber or cylinders or an attached magazine.
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    It's interesting that in some open carry states, you can't have access to a weapon in your car or boat. Here in SC, anyone who can legally own a handgun can keep it loaded in the car, as long as it is in a console or glovebox. We do not have open carry per se, but you can open carry if going to or coming from hunting, fishing, or a gun range. In WI it looks like you can walk around carrying openly, by when you get in the car, boat, or airplane, you must unload your weapon and put it out of reach. Hopefully we all will continue to evolve to few limitations on legal, responsible gun owners.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by ALUCARD View Post
    from what i am told , u cannot ( a non-resident ) open carry in wi.some nra instuctors from wi. told me this a few weeks ago. wi. residents who do always get hassled. they r taken in for about usually 3-4 hours.even though it is perfectly legal for them to open carry.the cops then say they r checking on them.even though it is legal , the leo's r trying to make a point. u carry, were gonna make it miserable for you
    If you are really interested, check out Open Carry .ORG . Wisconsin. There you shall find all your answers.

    Briefly, anybody in the world may open carry in Wisconsin. 2nd, If your info came from "real" NRA instructors, they have there collective heads up their butts. Wisconsin is experiencing a Renaissance with open carry. Law Enforcement is not a problem. Attitudes are changing for the better. Your NRA connections are full of bull pucky. What is happening is that the "bad" LEOs are being slapped down and disciplined; Both in court and publicly.

    Several lawsuits are in play and some have been resolved, favorable to the Open Carrier. I, personally have open carried for well over a year with no problems. I have had conversations with LEOs while armed, have not been hassled or abused in any way. One cop was visibly nervous but short of that, no worries.

    We have a powerful grass roots organization that is pursuing law suits against municipalities, police and sheriff's, departments and individuals. Organizing get-togethers, picnics and demonstrations in support of open carriers and the 2A.

    In summation, Wisconsin is in an exciting phase, attitudes are changing and laws will be changing for the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    It's interesting that in some open carry states, you can't have access to a weapon in your car or boat. Here in SC, anyone who can legally own a handgun can keep it loaded in the car, as long as it is in a console or glovebox. We do not have open carry per se, but you can open carry if going to or coming from hunting, fishing, or a gun range. In WI it looks like you can walk around carrying openly, by when you get in the car, boat, or airplane, you must unload your weapon and put it out of reach. Hopefully we all will continue to evolve to few limitations on legal, responsible gun owners.
    So then if i was to drive from PA (home) to FL...SC does not honor my PA license...all i would need to do his take pistol off my hip and stick it in the glove box? yes...thats the way i read it SC 16-23-20

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjam2jab View Post
    So then if i was to drive from PA (home) to FL...SC does not honor my PA license...all i would need to do his take pistol off my hip and stick it in the glove box? yes...thats the way i read it SC 16-23-20
    That is correct. Locked, loaded, ready to go and in reach. No permit required.

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    Now if we can only get open carry in SC, Islander. It would be a lot more comfortable.

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