Wisconsin HAers: don’t forget to apply for your concealed carry license today!
posted at 2:03 pm on November 1, 2011 by MadisonConservative
So far, Scott Walker has given Wisconsin residents a lot to be thankful for, but this one, in my opinion, is the biggest.
As of today, November 1st, 2011, citizens of the State of Wisconsin can now apply for their concealed carry license at the website for the Wisconsin Department of Justice!
Here’s a quick lowdown on what you need to do:
1. Access this application, and either fill it out before you print it, or print it out and fill it out by hand. Please note that your printed application must print in its entirety. If borders, words, or signature lines are cut off, you’ll need to change your printer settings to scale the application to fit on the paper you are using. Make sure you fill in every relevant piece of information. Yes, even your race. Be sure to pay close attention to each question asked, and place an “X” in the appropriate column. Ensure that you have signed the application in three places.
2. Obtain a document showing your proof of training. The easiest to get should be a Hunter’s Safety Education certificate, which you can either get online, or from most Wal-Marts or sporting goods stores. If you didn’t go through Hunter’s Safety, you’ll need a certificate from another firearms training course, a copy of a concealed carry permit from another state, or a document showing military/law enforcement/security training in small arms.
3. Write a check for $50 to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
4. Double and triple-check all of the above items. The DOJ can deny your permit based on the slightest of errors, and given that it’s based in Madison, I’m sure they’re hungry to deny as many as they can.
5. Mail the application, proof of training, and check to:
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Attn: Firearms Unit
PO Box 7130
Madison, WI, 53707-7130
If you send your application in before December, you will receive either your permit, or a notice of denial including a written explanation, within 45 days. After December 1st, the window closes to 21 days.
Remember that even if you get your concealed carry permit, it is still illegal for you to carry a firearm on almost any government property, or in any government building, such as police stations, courthouses, and municipal buildings. The 1000-foot school zone rule has been fixed, but you are still prohibited from carrying on school grounds. It is now legal to carry in establishments that serve alcohol, provided you do not drink. Please take the time to carefully go over the FAQ located here so that you are familiar with the boundaries of the law.
Additionally, the laws regarding long guns have not changed. If you are transporting a rifle or shotgun, it needs to be unloaded and encased.
Another important point to note, especially for those in Madison:
Can an employer prohibit employees from carrying concealed weapons on the job?
Yes. An employer may prohibit an employee from carrying a concealed weapon or a particular type of concealed weapon in the course of the employee‘s employment or during any part of the course of the employee‘s employment. Wis. Stat. § 175.60(15m)(a).
In other words, if your boss doesn’t want you carrying on the job, don’t do it. However, read the following very carefully:
Does that prohibition apply to my car or the employer’s parking lot?
No. An employer may not prohibit a person with a CCW license, as a condition of employment, from carrying a concealed weapon, a particular type of concealed weapon, or ammunition or from storing a weapon, a particular type of weapon, or ammunition in the licensee‘s own motor vehicle, regardless of whether the motor vehicle is used in the course of employment or whether the motor vehicle is driven or parked on property used by the employer. Wis. Stat. § 175.60(15m)(b).
Take careful note of this. This part of the law allows you to carry concealed up to the point you exit your car at work, and your employer CANNOT lawfully forbid you from doing so. You may even want to bring it up to your employer if you have concerns.
Open carriers take note: it is now LEGAL for you to possess a loaded handgun in an automobile, provided that the weapon is never both concealed AND within reach, WITHOUT a concealed carry permit. However, it’s highly advisable, even if you are aren’t going to carry concealed, that you get your permit anyway. It will potentially save you legal hassles, and in this state, the laws are likely to be tested in the courts. Additionally, the actual amount of applications and licenses issued, as statistics, will be passed on to the governor and the media, so your participation in the program shows even more support for the Second Amendment rights of Wisconsin residents. Let’s make these numbers huge enough to knock the anti-gun media on their statist backsides!