If you’re like many people, your past isn’t squeaky clean. And if you have a felony on your record, you’re not supposed to possess a firearm. But will you go to prison if you’re a felon in possession of a firearm in Wisconsin? This guide explains.
Is it Legal for Felons to Have Firearms in Wisconsin?
Felons are not allowed to possess firearms in Wisconsin. But there are others who aren’t permitted to have firearms, either, including people who:
- Have been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.
- Have been convicted of a domestic violence crime.
- Are subject to a domestic abuse restraining order.
- Are prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.
Will You Go to Prison if You’re a Felon in Possession of a Firearm in Wisconsin?
If you’re a felon in possession of a firearm in Wisconsin, you could face up to 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. If you have been convicted of a violent crime, you could face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. There are also enhanced penalties if you are a felon in possession of a firearm and you use the weapon to commit a crime.
What Counts as a Firearm in Wisconsin – Especially As it Pertains to Felons in Possession?
In Wisconsin, a firearm is defined as “any weapon which is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive.” This includes both guns and ammunition. It also includes devices that are not typically thought of as firearms, such as stun guns and tasers.
However, there are some exceptions to this definition. For example, antique firearms are not considered to be firearms under Wisconsin law. This is because they are not designed to be readily convertible to expel a projectile.
Another exception is for certain types of air guns. These include BB guns, pellet guns, and paintball guns. These are not considered to be firearms because they do not use an explosive to expel a projectile.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Being a Felon in Possession?
If you’ve been accused of possessing a firearm and you have felony convictions in your past, you may need to speak with an attorney who can help. Call our office at 414-383-6700 now to schedule a free consultation with an experienced professional who can give you the guidance you need.