If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?
It depends. It is illegal under Wisconsin law (a Class G felony) for a person to possess a firearm if any of the following applies:
- s/he has been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin (or a crime in another state that would be a felony if committed in Wisconsin);
- s/he has been found not guilty by reason of mental disease/defect of a felony in Wisconsin (or a crime in another state that would be a felony if committed in Wisconsin); or
- s/he has been adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that would be considered a felony if committed by an adult.*
In addition, if the abuser has been convicted of a felony or "domestic violence misdemeanor," then federal law states that it is illegal for the abuser to buy, own or have a gun in his/her possession.** To read more information, go to our Federal Gun Laws pages.
* Wis. Stat. § 941.29(1m)(a)-(d)
** 18 USC 922(g)(1),(9)