If I have a CCW license can I transport the weapon on my person in a vehicle?
Concealed carry license holders may carry a loaded, concealed handgun in a vehicle. Note,
however, that rifles and shotguns have different legal requirements. Although 2011 WI Act 51
removed the requirement that rifles and shotguns be “encased,” it is still illegal to conceal a longgun
in a vehicle. Case law has established that a firearm within reach on a seat is concealed.
Rifles and shotguns in a vehicle must be unloaded, and must be readily visible from outside the
vehicle or be out of reach of the driver and passengers.
If I do not have a CCW license how do I transport weapons in a vehicle?
The law now allows a person who can legally possess a handgun to do the following
without a CCW permit
• place, possess, or transport a handgun in a vehicle without being unloaded or
Wis. Stats. § 167.31(2)(b).
• load a handgun in a vehicle. Wis. Stats. § 167.31(2)(c).
• operate an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with a loaded uncased handgun in the
operator‘s possession. Wis. Stat. § 23.33(3)(a).
• place, possess, or transport a handgun in or on a motorboat with the motor
running without being unloaded or encased. Wis. Stats. § 167.31(2)(a), (b), (c).
• place, possess, or transport a loaded uncased handgun in or on a
IMPORTANT NOTE: Persons who do not have a CCW license may still not carry
weapons concealed. In a vehicle this means that the firearm cannot be hidden or
concealed and within reach.