Wisconsin Open Carry

Open carry is legal in Wisconsin. You do not need a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License to open carry. Local authorities cannot have laws or ordinances against open carry since the state preempts all firearms laws in the state.

The minimum age to open carry in Wisconsin is 18.

Open carrying in a vehicle is NOT Legal.

It is unlawful for anyone (except for law enforcement), including persons with a CCW license, to knowingly carry an unconcealed weapon (firearm, electric weapon, a knife or a billy club) in the following locations:

  1. Any portion of a building that is a police station, sheriff‘s office, state patrol station, or the office of a Division of Criminal Investigation special agent of DOJ.
  2. Any portion of a building that is a prison, jail, house of correction, or secured correctional facility.
  3. The Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, the Wisconsin Resource Center, or any secured unit or secured portion of a mental health institution, including a facility designated as the Maximum Security Facility at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.
  4. Any portion of a building that is a county, state, or federal courthouse.
  5. Any portion of a building that is a municipal courtroom if court is in session.
  6. A place beyond a security checkpoint in an airport.
  7. School grounds and premises:
    1. No one, including a CCW licensee may carry a firearm in or on the grounds of a school unless another specific statutory exception applies.
    2. No one, including a CCW licensee may carry any other dangerous weapon on school premises unless a specific statutory exception applies.
  8. Persons who do not have a CCW permit may not carry a handgun in a tavern and those persons with a CCW license may carry a concealed handgun in a tavern only if NOT consuming alcohol. Wis. Stat. § 941.237(3)(cx).
  9. Federal law applies to the possession of firearms and weapons on US government property

For concealed carry information, visit our Wisconsin Concealed Carry page.

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  • 357 magnum

    There is a laws change when it comes to open carry in a vehicle– The new change made under the concealed carry legislation that took effect on Nov. 1, 2011, was the elimination of the requirement to unload or case a handgun before it is placed, possessed or transported in or on a vehicle, boat, snowmobile or ATV. Handguns can also be loaded while inside or on a vehicle

    • Dusty

      So how does this apply to say an ar15 pistol

  • patriot ex

    The laws have changed, please update this. Open carry in a vehicle is totally legal. Rifles are also legal, for example in the backseat or in a gun rack.

    Loading, or having a loaded, uncased handgun or rifle inside a vehicle was legalized beginning November 1, 2011.The firearm must not be “hidden from ordinary observation” while inside the vehicle unless the citizen has a license.

  • Grendle Jones

    the laws have changed, its legal now to open carry in a vehicle

    • Deanthoy Tripp-Smith

      Is it really I’m what are the limitations with open carry