Question: What is intoxicated use of a firearm in Wisconsin?

Answer: It is a crime in Wisconsin to go armed or operate a firearm while intoxicated. And all that requires is the person has a firearm on their person or in their immediate control, the firearm is loaded, and the person is under the influence of an intoxicant at the time. Under the influence of the intoxicant has the same definition as in a drunk driving charge; it’s basically just that the ability to handle the firearm was materially impaired because of consumption of an alcoholic beverage. It doesn’t require any particular act or problem, but simply that if the person has contact with the police, they are intoxicated and they have a loaded firearm on their person, then they are potentially guilty of going armed while intoxicated.

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