A Wisconsin Firearm Bill of Sale enables parties to record the sale of a firearm.
This document contains the names of the seller and buyer and information about the firearm transferred.
Wisconsin does not have a waiting period for private gun sales nor many strict laws regarding possession.
State permit to purchase: No
Registration of firearm: No
License to own: No
Assault weapon law: No
Magazine capacity restriction: No
Permit for concealed carry: Yes
Permit for open carry: No
How to Sell a Firearm Privately
Anyone legally owning a firearm in Wisconsin can privately sell the gun.
No, Wisconsin law does not require a firearm bill of sale.
However, both parties should use a bill of sale form to confirm that the transaction took place.
There are no special requirements to sell a gun in Wisconsin.
Under Wisconsin Statutes Section 948.60, minors under 18 cannot own or purchase firearms.
Additionally, per Wisconsin Statutes Section 941.29, the following individuals cannot purchase or own a firearm in Wisconsin:
- Individuals who have been convicted of a felony
- People who have been adjudicated delinquent for acts committed on or after April 21, 1994, that, if committed by an adult in Wisconsin, would be a felony
- Individuals who have been found not guilty of a felony because of mental defects or disease
- Individuals who have been committed for treatment and are subject to orders not to possess firearms
- People subject to an injunction or tribal injunction
- People who are subject to orders not to possess firearms
Firearm Inheritance Laws
Wisconsin does not require firearm owners to register their firearms.
This means you do not need to register the guns you inherit from a relative.
Yes, you can buy a gun in Wisconsin without registering it. State law (Wis. Stat. § 66.0409(2)) forbids registration of firearms.
Parties do not have to send a record of firearms to the police in Wisconsin.
Concealed Carry Permit
Applicants must provide proof of training and otherwise not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal or state law.
How to Apply
You can apply for a CCW permit by following these steps:
Step 1 – Get Trained
Complete a firearms safety or training course that meets the requirements of Wisconsin Statutes Section 175.60(4)(a).
Step 2 – Fill Out Application
Complete the CCW permit online application with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General. Attach current and valid documentation, including your current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card number and acceptable proof of training.
Step 3 – Pay Fee
All applicants must pay the application fee.
Step 4 – Turn in Application
Submit the form online or mail it to the Wisconsin Department of Justice with your payment.
Under Wisconsin Statutes Section 947.01, permitless open carry is allowed in Wisconsin.
According to Wisconsin Statutes Section 175.60(2g)(a), Wisconsin will recognize out-of-state concealed carry licenses.
Currently, Wisconsin recognizes all states except for the following:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
Every state recognizes Wisconsin’s CCW permits except for the following:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Wisconsin Firearm Bill of Sale Sample
Below is an example of a Wisconsin firearm bill of sale.