I have been told by numerous friends (non-lawyers) that I CAN own an air rifle in Wisconsin because air rifles are NOT classified as firearms . Is this true ? I would like to use an air rifle for target practice but ONLY if I am permitted ??? Thank you for your time to read and answer this question .
Wisconsin Statutes Section 167.31(1)(c) states that, " 'Firearm' means a weapon that acts by force of gunpowder." An air rifle does not work by force of gunpowder, therefore, an air rifle is not a "firearm". The statute that makes it a crime for a person convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm does NOT apply to an air rifle.
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An air rifle is not a firearm as that term is defined in federal or WI law.
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