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    I don't know about non-CCW loaded carry in a vehicle. I would ere in the side of caution. If OC, stay at least 1000 feet from any primary school (grade, middle, high). Not sure about parochial. I am not a legal expert, so take what I say with a grain or two of salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gadsden11 View Post
    Anything BELOW the window is considered concealed. On the dash is open carry, however if someone calls or it creates a disturbance it could result in a dc while armed charge, at least in the city of Milwaukee. "Up north" is probably more relaxed.
    When CCW was passed in 2011, a second clause was added to the Disorderly Conduct Statute, specifically noting that the mere possession or carrying of a firearm by a person, either openly or concealed, was not grounds for Disorderly Conduct in and of itself.

    Vehicles:
    The CCW act amended some of the wording regarding transporting firearms in vehicles. While one statute does allow for loaded handguns and unloaded long guns, WI Court of Appeals took a stance that a firearm that was simply not visible to an onlooker on the outside of the car was de facto concealed for purposes of CCW. That was 1994, so things may have changed. Absent a CCW permit, if the firearm is stores well out of reach or grasp, like in the trunk, you should be good to go. Backseats and gloveboxes have not withstood challenge in court. As much as cops don't like to be the ones to write case law, I'm sure non-cops don't want to be in that boat either. Since nothing contradicting that 1994 opinion is popping up on my radar, I'd consider Gadsden's comment about "below the window" as good advice for now. I fall back on my previous suggestion to trunk the guns if you don't have a WI-honored permit.

    Knives:
    941.24  Possession of switchblade knife.
    941.24(1) (1) Whoever manufactures, sells or offers to sell, transports, purchases, possesses or goes armed with any knife having a blade which opens by pressing a button, spring or other device in the handle or by gravity or by a thrust or movement is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

    As you can see, that last bit about gravity or "thrust or movement" is pretty vague. CCW also applies to knives.

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by Chameleox; 07-10-14 at 20:43.
    The advice above is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chameleox View Post
    Hope that helps.
    Thank you Sir that does help. I appreciate your time on the matter.

    I arrived in WI without incident and no LEO involvement. I can say without a doubt that Wisconsin has the most hospitable people around. Its not everyday peope driving down the road just wave at you for the sake of it even knowing that you are not a "regular." Having grown up in WI can say that it will be my 3 year plan to move back.

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