Wednesday, November 9, 2011
New Weapon Law in Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker recently signed new legislation that modifies the current state law concerning the transportation of firearms in vehicles. Effective November 19 for rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders, and November 1 for handguns, firearms no longer have to be in a case in order to place them in or on a vehicle, or to transport them unloaded in or on a vehicle.
Loaded firearms are allowed in moving vehicles. However, if the firearm is a rifle or shotgun, it can only be in or on a vehicle which is stationary. Additionally, it is important to be aware that it remains illegal to actually load any long guns (rifles & shotguns) while the firearm or person loading it is still in or on the vehicle. The new law will be published in time to take affect November 19, the opening day of 9-day 2011 gun deer season.
For further information, contact Tim Lawhern, DNR enforcement and science division administrator, (608) 264-6133 or contact the office of Senator Lena Taylor, (608) 266-5810.