Concealed Carry – Alcohol, Taverns & Your Vehicle
An overview of Wisconsin’s concealed carry law as it pertains to alcohol, taverns and your vehicle.
May I carry my firearm in a tavern?First, what is a tavern? Under Wisconsin law a tavern is defined as any establishment, other than a private or fraternal organization, in which alcohol beverages are sold for consumption on the premises. Wis. Stat. ? 941.237(1)(fm) and (3)(cx). Second, if I have a CCW license can I carry my firearm in a tavern? Yes, with restrictions. You may carry your concealed handgun into a tavern only if you are not consuming alcohol. Wis. Stat. ?941.237(3)(cx). Note, however, that owners and occupants of private property are allowed to prohibit persons from carrying a concealed firearm in or on their property.
May I consume alcohol while armed with my weapon?The short answer is yes, as long as you are not legally impaired. In Wisconsin it is a class A misdemeanor (9 months jail and/or $10,000 fine) for any person, whether or not they are a licensee, to go armed with a firearm while under the influence of an intoxicant. Wis. Stat. ? 941.20(1)(b). Be very careful! In Wisconsin under the influence is defined as "materially impairing the ability to handle a firearm." In other words, consuming an amount of alcohol which causes the person to be less able to exercise clear judgment and steady hand necessary to handle a firearm. WI Jury Instruction-CRIMINAL 1321. The best and safest course of action is to never consume alcohol when handling a firearm.
May I transport my weapon in my vehicle if I have a CCW license?Yes, under the CCW law, a person with a CCW license may carry a concealed weapon in a vehicle. Note, however, that long guns still must be unloaded and not hidden when within reach.
CCW and Existing LawsYour CCW license does not change other exiting laws governing the conduct of individuals and the use of weapons. Examples of prohibited conduct includes: disorderly conduct, carrying your firearm while unlawfully using controlled substances, recklessly endanger the safety of another person and many more.