§ 167.31 Safe use and transportation of firearms and
bows. (1) DEFINITIONS. In this section:
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(h) “Vehicle” has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (74),
<<§ 340.01 VEHICLES—DEFINITIONS(74) “Vehicle” means every device in, upon, or by which any
person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except railroad trains.>>
§ 167.31(2) PROHIBITIONS; MOTORBOATS AND VEHICLES; HIGHWAYS AND ROADWAYS.
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(b) Except as provided in sub. (4), no person may place, possess
or transport a firearm, bow or crossbow in or on a vehicle,
unless the firearm is unloaded and encased or ...
There is case law suggesting that a legally transported firearm must be out of lunge reach.
This is supported by § 941.23 Carrying concealed weapon. Any person except
a peace officer who goes armed with a concealed and dangerous
weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. To “go armed” does not require going anywhere.
The elements for a violation of s. 941.23 are: 1) a dangerous weapon is on the defendant’s person
or within reach; 2) the defendant is aware of the weapon’s presence; and 3) the weapon is hidden.
§ 941.23 does not contain an exception for transport.
Whether the chief law enforcement officer allows an action or not does not alter its effect in law, violation or not.