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gun violence, protect Wisconsin schools, Wisconsin Assembly Bills, weapons law, school shootingsBy: Kenneth Baker

The traumatic horrors of school shootings have become all too familiar in American education. Most recently, on Tuesday March 20, 2018, there was a high school student who entered a Maryland high school with a firearm and killed two innocent classmates. This also comes in the wake of the Parkland shooting in Florida that left 17 innocent students dead.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have spoken out for various forms of response to these shootings. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have led nationwide school walkouts in an attempt to change current gun laws to prevent assault weapons from getting into the hands of suspect individuals. The response has been wide spread and sustained. It finally seems as though something is going to be done to prevent mass shootings.

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concealed carry permit holders, gun owners, gun rights, public transportation, criminal defenseBy James Lewis

Milwaukee’s newest form of public transportation, the downtown street car, aims to connect commuters to Milwaukee’s thriving business district. The street car will bring more flexibility and choice to Milwaukee’s public transportation.

With this added method of transportation, it is important for gun owners and concealed carry permit holders to be aware that the government must honor the right to carry firearms while riding on public transportation.

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open carry gun wisconsin, milwaukee weapons crime lawyerIf you are a gun owner, it is important that you understand gun laws in Wisconsin. Failure to follow these rules could mean facing serious criminal charges.

Quick Gun Law Overview

Wisconsin is an open carry state. This means that gun owners can carry a loaded gun in public. Gun owners do not need a permit or license to carry a gun in public. A person is considered to be “openly carrying” a gun when a casual observer can see the weapon.

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Wisconsin defense lawyer, Wisconsin firearms charges attorneyIn November 2015, a new bill created mandatory minimum sentences for certain firearm offenses. As a result, mitigating opportunities for those charged have been diminished, and the court’s ability to examine a case in an individualized manner has been reduced. If you or someone you love has been recently arrested on a firearm charge, understand how the mandatory minimums for firearm offenses could impact the outcome of your case.

Mandatory Minimum for Possession of a Firearm

Those with a previous felony conviction are not permitted to possess or carry a firearm. Failure to adhere carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, five years of supervision, and a fine of $25,0000. The new bill expanded on this law and now imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of three years of imprisonment if the following criteria are met:

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Wisconsin defense attorney, Wisconsin criminal lawyer, Milwaukee violent crimes lawyerThe recent decision against a Milwaukee gun store in the shooting of two Milwaukee police officers has brought the issue of straw purchases of firearms to the forefront. A straw purchase occurs when somebody purchases a firearm for another person while pretending to purchase it for personal use. This crime is being prosecuted more vigorously as of late, and comes with a potential for a very long prison sentence. Therefore, if you are being charged with making a straw purchase of a firearm, it is very important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side from the very beginning.

Laws Criminalizing Straw Purchases

Wisconsin law makes it a crime to provide false information to a gun dealer with the intent to purchase a firearm and then transfer it to a person prohibited from obtaining one. Straw purchases of firearms are also violations of federal law, and under both state and federal law, it is a felony that carries the potential for a long prison term.

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