Contact Van Severen Law Office at (414) 270-0202 to discuss your possession of a short-barreled shotgun case
The criminal defense attorneys at Van Severen Law Office defend possession of a short-barreled shotgun cases. We certainly defend gun crimes throughout the state. And we’ve defended hundreds of individuals facing serious criminal charges just like yours.
If you’re caught in possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle in Wisconsin you face a Class H felony. 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.
What is possession of a short-barreled shotgun/rifle?
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 producing weapons for said-licensed individuals are immune to prosecution.