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    OCing on a Wisconsin Vacation

    Okay, folks, I need your help. A group of friends and I are planning a trip next summer to a cabin in your state. The cabin is near Minocqua I believe, and is owned by my friend's grandfather.

    My wife and I are residents of Kentucky. Everyone else is a resident of Illinois. By this time, I will have my CC permit for KY-- not that it matters in WI, but it's still worth noting.

    My question is pretty simple. Is there anything I really need to know before OCing in WI? I'm an out-of-state resident, but am allowed to purchase and carry legally in my home state. Also, I typically carry in condition one, so it's important to know if that has to change.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. I look forward to my vacation!

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    OC is legal for there being no law to prevent open carry per se, thus no requirements of 'how'. Concealed carry is prohibited.

    Carry of a gun is prohibited by the state in school zones, establishments licensed for consumption of alcohol, government owned buildings, certain government owned properties (parks etc). Guns in vehicles (ATV, bicycle) are regulated with civil forfeiture and cannot be concealed (criminal misdemeanor).

    Municipalities enjoy home rule limited only by particular legislation, that has been ineffective in regulating gun ordinances. There is state preemption of gun ordinances but it is largely ineffective.

    Condition one is fine. There is no regulation on the manner of open carry.

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    Carry is fine for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. I just make sure I am in a private parking lot when I arm/disarm in towns or areas that might be close to schools. If in doubt just don/t carry on that leg of your trip. Traversing Illinois and 3/4's of Wisconsin is not worth it just for a court date. Maybe by summer these issues maybe resolved.

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    Carry fine, discharge may not, Chequamegon- Nicolet National Forest 36 CFR 261.58(m)

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fs...%20&%20Notices
    Quote Originally Posted by NFS
    Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun within 1000 feet the lakeshore or buildings is prohibited. 36 CFR 261.58(m).

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    See signature for all your statutes and case laws, as well as talking to police.
    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson (1776)

    If you go into a store, with a gun, and rob it, you have forfeited your right to not get shot - Joe Deters, Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Prosecutor

    I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians. - George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

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