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Wisconsin Gun Laws: Can Towns and Cities Make Local Rules?

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By    |   Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 05:04 PM

Wisconsin is one of the biggest hunting states in the nation. Since thousands of out-of-staters travel to the area for recreational hunting each year, lawmakers there believe it is important that Wisconsin gun laws are consistent.

That is why, while towns and cities can make restrictions on where guns can be shot, they cannot create any legislation that makes gun regulations stricter than state laws. A license in one part of the state will apply in all parts of the state.

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The Personal Protection Act of 2011, which paved the way for the carrying of concealed handguns, did allow local jurisdictions to impose sales taxes and use taxes. It also allows cities to restrict the discharge of firearms.

Those local laws cannot restrict the right of self-defense, which is actually written into the state constitution. Voters in the state amended the constitution in 1998 to make sure no Wisconsin gun laws would restrict the right to use a firearm for security and defense, hunting or any other legal recreational use.

Among the gun rights that cities and towns are not allowed to restrict according to Wisconsin gun laws include: sale and purchase of guns, an increase in the 48-hour delay for handgun purchases, the transfer or ownership of guns,  and the transportation of guns. They cannot increase licensing or permits or require the registration or taxation of a gun or gun part.

Subdivisions are allowed to restrict the location of sport shooting ranges through zoning ordinances.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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Wisconsin is one of the biggest hunting states in the nation. Since thousands of out-of-staters travel to the area for recreational hunting each year, lawmakers there believe it is important that Wisconsin gun laws are consistent.
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