Can You Have a Gun if You’re a Felon - Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyer

By Carlos Gamino

Wisconsin has a law that bans all felons from ever possessing a gun, but what would happen if you had a gun after being convicted of a felony?

You could get into serious trouble—and even get another felony charge.

Wisconsin’s Felon in Possession of a Firearm Law

In the state of Wisconsin, you can be charged with a Class G felony for possessing a firearm if you were ever convicted of a felony.

A Class G felony is serious, too. You could be sent to prison for up to five years, serve five more years on probation, and pay fines totaling up to $25,000.

The only exceptions include military service and work as a peace officer. Even if you fall into one of those categories, though, you’ll still probably want to talk to a Wisconsin gun crime lawyer who understands your situation and how the laws apply to you.

You’re prohibited from owning or possessing:

  • Handguns
  • Starter pistols
  • Shotguns
  • Hunting rifles
  • Ammunition
  • Other types of firearms not listed here

You can get into trouble even if you aren’t in direct possession of a firearm; that means even if it’s not on your person or in your vehicle when the police find it, you could be facing criminal charges.

Other Rights You Lose as a Felon

Unfortunately, the state of Wisconsin isn’t done with you after taking away your right to bear arms after being convicted of a felony. You’re also banned from voting until you’ve completed your sentence; your sentence includes the time you’re serving extended supervision.

Do You Need to Talk to a Wisconsin Lawyer About Felon in Possession Charges?

If you’ve been accused of possessing a firearm when you’re a felon in Wisconsin, whether in Milwaukee, Waukesha, or any of the surrounding communities, call our Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers at 414-383-6700. We’ll be happy to evaluate your case and begin developing a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin building your defense.

Carlos Gamino