Can You Get in Trouble for Illegally Carrying a Concealed Weapon?

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What if You’re Caught Illegally Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Milwaukee?

Wisconsin is an open carry state, which means you can carry some types of weapons without having a license to do so. If you intend to have your weapon concealed, you have to have the right type of permit – otherwise, it has to be in the open, where people can see it.

​You cannot have explosive devices or anything intended to disable people with substances other than oleoresin of capsicum (which is commonly called pepper spray). You also can’t have a machine gun (a weapon that will deliver more than one bullet with a single trigger squeeze), and you can’t weaponize a drone.

If you’re caught illegally carrying a concealed weapon in Milwaukee, Waukesha or any other community in Wisconsin, you could be facing a Class A misdemeanor.

What is a “Concealed” Weapon?

It’s important to distinguish what counts as “concealed” so you know exactly what you’re dealing with. Under Wisconsin law, a weapon can be considered concealed if your shirt covers the holster at your waist, if it’s in your purse or glove box, or if it’s not completely visible to the people around you but you can reach it.

What Are the Penalties for Illegally Carrying a Concealed Weapon?

If the court finds you guilty of illegally carrying a concealed weapon, you could spend up to 9 months in jail. The judge could also order you to pay fines up to $10,000. A weapons-related conviction can have a serious impact on your future ability to get a job or find a place to live, which is tough on your family, too.

Charged With Illegally Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Milwaukee?

If you’ve been charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon in Milwaukee or in a nearby city, we may be able to help you.

Call us at 414-383-6700 right now or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with a criminal defense attorney. We’ll work hard to preserve your rights and help you get the best possible outcome.

Carlos Gamino


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What if You’re Caught Illegally Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Milwaukee - Carlos Gamino
By Carlos Gamino

In the state of Wisconsin, you can’t conceal a weapon when you’re carrying it unless you have a valid concealed carry permit.

But many people carry concealed weapons illegally – and man are caught. 

If that happens to you, what should you do? Here’s what you need to know.

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