A person is concerned with the commission of a crime, as specified in s. 939.05 (2) (b)
, in violation of this section if he or she knowingly furnishes a person with a firearm in violation of sub. (2)
This section does not apply to any person specified in sub. (1)
Has received a pardon with respect to the crime or felony specified in sub. (1)
and has been expressly authorized to possess a firearm under 18 USC app. 1203; or
The prohibition against firearm possession under this section does not apply to any correctional officer employed before May 1, 1982, who is required to possess a firearm as a condition of employment. This exemption applies if the officer is eligible to possess a firearm under any federal law and applies while the officer is acting in an official capacity.
This section does not apply to any person who has been found not guilty or not responsible by reason of insanity or mental disease, defect or illness if a court subsequently determines both of the following:
The person is no longer insane or no longer has a mental disease, defect or illness.
The person is not likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety.
This section does not apply to any person specified in sub. (1) (bm)
if a court subsequently determines that the person is not likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety. In any action or proceeding regarding this determination, the person has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that he or she is not likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety.
The prohibition against firearm possession under this section does not apply to a person specified in sub. (1) (f)
if the person satisfies any of the following:
The person is a peace officer and the person possesses a firearm while in the line of duty or, if required to do so as a condition of employment, while off duty.
The person is a member of the U.S. armed forces or national guard and the person possesses a firearm while in the line of duty.
If a defendant is willing to stipulate to being a convicted felon, evidence of the nature of the felony is irrelevant if offered only to support the felony conviction element. State v. McAllister, 153 Wis. 2d 523
, 451 N.W. 2d 764
(Ct. App. 1989).
Failure to give the warning under s. 973.033 does not prevent a conviction under this section. State v. Phillips, 172 Wis. 2d 391
, 493 N.W. 2d 238
(Ct. App. 1992).
Retroactive application of this provision did not violate the prohibition against ex post facto laws because the law is not intended to punish persons for a prior crime but to protect public safety. State v. Thiel, 188 Wis. 2d 695
, 524 N.W. 2d 641
A convicted felon's possession of a firearm is privileged in limited enumerated circumstances. State v. Coleman, 206 Wis. 2d 198
, 556 N.W. 2d 701
Sub. (5) (a) has been invalidated by congressional action. Pardons granted after November 15, 1986, will give recipients the right to receive, possess or transport in commerce firearms unless the pardon expressly provides otherwise. 78 Atty. Gen. 22
Possession of electric weapon. 941.295(1)
Whoever sells, transports, manufactures, possesses or goes armed with any electric weapon is guilty of a Class E felony.
Any armed forces or national guard personnel while on official duty.
Any corrections personnel in the department of corrections while on official duty.
Any manufacturer or seller whose electric weapons are used in this state solely by persons specified in pars. (a)
Any common carrier transporting electric weapons.
During the first 30 days after May 7, 1982, the electric weapons may be surrendered to any peace officer. Peace officers shall forward electric weapons to the crime laboratories if the retention of those weapons is not necessary for criminal prosecution purposes.
In this section, "electric weapon" means any device which is designed, redesigned, used or intended to be used, offensively or defensively, to immobilize or incapacitate persons by the use of electric current.
Use or possession of a handgun and an armor-piercing bullet during crime. 941.296(1)(a)
"Armor-piercing bullet" means a bullet meeting any of the following criteria: any projectile or projectile core that may be fired from any handgun and that is constructed entirely, excluding the presence of traces of other substances, from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium.
Whoever uses or possesses a handgun during the commission of a crime under chs. 939
is guilty of a Class E felony under any of the following circumstances.
The handgun is loaded with an armor-piercing bullet or a projectile or projectile core that may be fired from the handgun with a muzzle velocity of 1,500 feet per second or greater.
The person possesses an armor-piercing bullet capable of being fired from the handgun.
A court shall impose a sentence under this section consecutive to any sentence previously imposed or that may be imposed for the crime that the person committed while using or possessing the handgun.
History: 1993 a. 98
; 1995 a. 448
Restrictions on use of facsimile firearms. 941.2965(1)(1)
In this section, "facsimile firearm" means any replica, toy, starter pistol or other object that bears a reasonable resemblance to or that reasonably can be perceived to be an actual firearm. "Facsimile firearm" does not include any actual firearm.
No person may carry or display a facsimile firearm in a manner that could reasonably be expected to alarm, intimidate, threaten or terrify another person. Whoever violates this section is subject to a Class C forfeiture.
(3) Subsection (2)
does not apply to any of the following:
Any peace officer acting in the discharge of his or her official duties.
Any person engaged in military activities, sponsored by the state or federal government, acting in the discharge of his or her official duties.
Any person who is on his or her own real property, in his or her own home or at his or her own fixed place of business.
Any person who is on real property and acting with the consent of the owner of that property.
History: 1993 a. 191
; 1993 a. 491
; Stats. 1993 s. 941.2965.
Sale or distribution of imitation firearms. 941.297(1)(1)
In this section, "look-alike firearm" means any imitation of any original firearm that was manufactured, designed and produced after December 31, 1897, including and limited to toy guns, water guns, replica nonguns, and air-soft guns firing nonmetallic projectiles. "Look-alike firearm" does not include any imitation, nonfiring, collector replica of an antique firearm developed prior to 1898, or any traditional beebee, paint-ball or pellet-firing air gun that expels a projectile through the force of air pressure.
Beginning November 1, 1992, no person may sell or distribute any look-alike firearm. Whoever violates this subsection is subject to a Class A forfeiture.
This section does not apply to the sale or distribution of a look-alike firearm that complies with the marking or waiver requirements under 15 USC 5001
History: 1991 a. 155
In this section, "firearm silencer" means any device for silencing, muffling or diminishing the report of a portable firearm, including any combination of parts, designed or redesigned, and intended for use in assembling or fabricating such a device, and any part intended only for use in that assembly or fabrication.
Whoever sells, delivers or possesses a firearm silencer is guilty of a Class E felony.
(3) Subsection (2)
does not apply to sales or deliveries of firearm silencers to or possession of firearm silencers by any of the following:
Any peace officer who is acting in compliance with the written policies of the officer's department or agency. This paragraph does not apply to any officer whose department or agency does not have such a policy.
Any armed forces or national guard personnel, while in the line of duty.
History: 1991 a. 39
Restrictions on the use of laser pointers. 941.299(1)(b)
"Laser pointer" means a hand-held device that uses light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation to emit a beam of light that is visible to the human eye.
No person may do any of the following:
Intentionally direct a beam of light from a laser pointer at any part of the body of a correctional officer or law enforcement officer without the officer's consent, if the person knows or has reason to know that the victim is a correctional officer or law enforcement officer who is acting in an official capacity.
Intentionally and for no legitimate purpose direct a beam of light from a laser pointer at any part of the body of any human being.
Intentionally direct a beam of light from a laser pointer in a manner that could reasonably be expected to alarm, intimidate, threaten or terrify another person.
Intentionally direct a beam of light from a laser pointer in a manner that, under the circumstances, tends to disrupt any public or private event or create or provoke a disturbance.
A person may be charged with a violation of sub. (2) (a)
or both for an act involving the same victim. If the person is charged with violating both sub. (2) (a)
with respect to the same victim, the charges shall be joined. If the person is found guilty of both sub. (2) (a)
for an act involving the same victim, the charge under sub. (2) (b)
shall be dismissed and the person may be sentenced only under sub. (2) (a)
History: 1999 a. 157
OTHER DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTALITIES
Recklessly endangering safety. 941.30(1)
First-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Whoever recklessly endangers another's safety under circumstances which show utter disregard for human life is guilty of a Class D felony.
(2) Second-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Whoever recklessly endangers another's safety is guilty of a Class E felony.
History: 1987 a. 399
Judicial Council Note, 1988: Sub. (1) is analogous to the prior offense of endangering safety by conduct regardless of life.
Sub. (2) is new. It creates the offense of endangering safety by criminal recklessness. See s. 939.24 and the NOTE thereto. [Bill 191-S]
Section 947.015, bomb scares, is not an included crime in recklessly endangering safety. State v. Van Ark, 62 Wis. 2d 155
, 215 N.W.2d 41
A conviction under sub. (1) was proper when the defendant desisted from an attack, but showed no regard for the victim's life or safety during the attack. State v. Holtz, 173 Wis. 2d 515
, 496 N.W. 2d 668
(Ct. App. 1992).
Possession of explosives. 941.31(1)
Whoever makes, buys, transports, possesses, or transfers any explosive compound or offers to do the same, either with intent to use such explosive to commit a crime or knowing that another intends to use it to commit a crime, is guilty of a Class C felony.