If you’re caught in possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle in Wisconsin you face a Class H felony. Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defends possession of a short-barreled shotgun cases. Our Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys, Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin Van Severen have extensive experience working on firearm cases. Contact our law firm at (414) 270-0202 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Section 941.28 of the Wisconsin Statutes codifies this law. Section 941.28(2) makes clear that:
No person may sell or offer to sell, transport, purchase, possess or go armed with a short-barreled shotgun or short-barreled rifle.
There are a few definitions important to defending short-barreled shotgun or rifle cases.
A “short-barreled rifle” is defined in section 941.28(1)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes as: ” … a rifle having one or more barrels having a length of less than 16 inches measured from closed breech or bolt face to muzzle or a rifle having an overall length of less than 26 inches.”
A “short-barreled shotgun” is defined in section 941.28(1)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes as: ” … a shotgun having one or more barrels having a length of less than 18 inches measured from closed breech or bolt face to muzzle or a shotgun having an overall length of less than 26 inches.”
Law enforcement officers, military personnel, or similar individuals who have complied with federal licensing requirements may be able to possess the otherwise-prohibited weapons. Similarly, individuals involved in the production of weapons for said-licensed individuals cannot be penalized for this crime.
We will talk about the details of your case at your initial consultation. At that meeting, you and criminal defense lawyer Meyer or Van Severen can sit down and spend as much time as necessary to figure out your case. Once we’ve discussed your entire case we can begin formulating the strategy. Once we’ve discussed all issues we can figure out how to achieve positive results in your case.
Matt Meyer and Ben Van Severen are Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys who defend firearms cases. If you’re been charged as an individual in possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and are looking for an aggressive defense attorney, Meyer Van Severen, S.C. should be your first call. For any questions about your case contact our defense lawyers at (414) 270-0202.