2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
September 5, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Subeck, Sargent, C. Taylor,
Anderson, Billings, Crowley, Emerson, Kolste and Sinicki, cosponsored by
Senators L. Taylor, Risser, Johnson and Larson. Referred to Committee on
Small Business Development.
1An Act to renumber and amend
175.37 (1); to amend
175.37 (title) and 175.37 2
(2); and to create
175.37 (1) (b) of the statutes; relating to: containers or
3trigger locks provided at a firearm sale and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires a person who commercially sells or transfers a firearm to
provide the purchaser or transferee with either a secure, lockable container that is
designed to store a firearm or a trigger lock for the firearm. A seller or transferor who
violates this requirement is subject to a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to
30 days, or both.
Because this bill creates a new crime or revises a penalty for an existing crime,
the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties may be requested to prepare a
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
175.37 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
Requirements whenever transferring a firearm.
175.37 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 175.37 (1) (intro.) and 7
amended to read:
(intro.) Upon the retail commercial sale or retail commercial transfer 2
of any firearm, the seller or transferor shall provide to the buyer or transferee all of 3
written warning in block letters not less than one-fourth inch in height: 5
“IF YOU LEAVE A LOADED FIREARM WITHIN THE REACH OR EASY ACCESS 6
OF A CHILD YOU MAY BE FINED OR IMPRISONED OR BOTH IF THE CHILD 7
IMPROPERLY DISCHARGES, POSSESSES OR EXHIBITS THE FIREARM."
175.37 (1) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) A secure, lockable container that is designed to store a firearm 10
or a trigger lock for the firearm.
175.37 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
Any person who violates sub. (1)
(a) or (b)
may be fined not more than 13
$500 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days or both.