While Wisconsin has enacted a handful of gun safety laws, the state still has significant room for improvement, earning a C- in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. The state processes background checks through state databases for handguns but doesn’t require background checks for private sales. In 2017, Wisconsin had the 12th-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns to other states at the 15th-lowest rate. To save lives from gun violence, Wisconsin legislators could fund community violence programs and require background checks for all gun sales.

  • Uses state databases in addition to federal databases for background checks

  • Firearm prohibition and removal procedure for domestic abusers

  • Handgun dealer regulation

  • Mental health record reporting to federal background check databases

  • Universal background checks

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Waiting period

  • Ammunition sale regulation