How to Sell a Gun in Wisconsin: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding the laws on firearms sales in Wisconsin is helpful when entering a transaction. For those looking to sell their firearms to another individual, understanding state and federal regulations before entering the transaction can make a big difference. For those unfamiliar with the process of buying and selling a gun Wisconsin, Dunlap Gun Buyers has compiled a useful guide to help buyers and sellers navigate the process.

The following information is compiled from a memorandum from the Wisconsin Legislative Council’s Information Memorandum on Firearm Regulation in Wisconsin

What Selling Options do Gun Owners Have in Wisconsin?

There are a few ways gun owners can sell a firearm in a legal transaction:

  • Gun owners can sell a firearm to a local dealer. This is a good way to help ensure gun owners are complying with gun laws in Wisconsin for firearm sales. However, sellers may be leaving money on the table by selling for much less than the gun’s actual market value.
  • Gun owners can sell a firearm through a private transaction. In the state of Wisconsin, Non-FFL sales or transfers are exempt from background check requirements. However, there are criminal penalties for buyers and sellers if the firearm was sold to an ineligible person, selling a defaced firearm or selling a restricted firearm (explosive weapon, machine gun), which can result in different criminal charges including and up to a felony criminal charge. Here is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives guidance on the transfer of a firearm by private sellers.
  • Another option if simply wanting to legally dispose of a firearm is surrendering it to local law enforcement. However, by doing this, gun owners potentially lose on hundreds or even thousands of dollars those guns could be worth in a sale.
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What is the Process of Buying a Firearm from a Dealer in Wisconsin?

Anyone purchasing a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer must complete a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms form 4473 (firearms transaction form). This form will be maintained by the dealer. A firearms purchaser must, under the permanent provisions of the Federal Brady Law, also undergo a National Instant Criminal Background Check System check, which will be performed by the firearms dealer.

This check will indicate to the dealer whether the purchaser’s background allows for the person to complete the purchase of the firearm.

Wisconsin Firearm Ownership Restrictions

In order to purchase a firearm legally through a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer, the buyer must be 18 years old to purchase rifles, shotguns and ammunition. Buyers looking to purchase handguns must be at least 21 years old.

Wisconsin state law prohibits individuals from possessing firearms under various circumstances, including:

  • convicted of a felony in the state or elsewhere
  • adjudicated delinquent for acts that would be felonies if committed by an adult
  • found not guilty of a felony by reason of mental disease, or found not guilty or not responsible for a crime elsewhere due to insanity or mental issues.

Disqualifications Related to Mental Health or Addiction:

Persons subject to specific court orders related to mental health and addiction may be prohibited from possessing firearms. This includes individuals who were:

  • involuntarily committed for mental illness
  • adjudicated as incompetent in guardianship proceedings, or under protective placement or receiving protective services for specific reasons.

Court orders following these cases can result in firearm possession disqualifications, and any firearms owned by the individual may be seized.

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Restraining Orders and Injunctions:

Individuals subject to certain restraining orders or injunctions related to abuse or harassment may also be prohibited from possessing firearms. Different types of orders, such as domestic abuse, child abuse, individual-at-risk, and harassment, are recognized under Wisconsin law. Those subject to domestic abuse or child abuse injunctions are barred from firearm possession. Individuals under individual-at-risk or harassment injunctions may be prohibited if the injunction explicitly orders firearm relinquishment.
Courts can order the surrender of firearms owned or possessed by individuals subject to such injunctions.


  • Conviction (felony or misdemeanor) where the crime has a maximum imprisonment term exceeding 1 year (even if a buyer did not receive actual imprisonment exceeding 1 year).
  • Warrant (felony or out-of-state misdemeanor).
  • Felony pre-trial release.
  • Misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence restraining/stalking/protection order mental health adjudication or commitment.
  • Unlawful use or addicted to a controlled substance (including marijuana).
  • Dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
  • Renounced U.S. citizenship.
  • Illegal alien.

Save the Hassle, Sell your Gun to Dunlap Gun Buyers

If the hassle of navigating Wisconsin’s gun laws seems overwhelming, we’re excited to tell you that there’s a better way!

You can safely, easily and legally sell your handgun or long gun to Dunlap Gun Buyers and be 100% compliant with Wisconsin gun laws.

We have a Federal Firearms Licensee, who is licensed by the U.S. Government to help people with selling and transferring of firearms. We take care of the hard part and make the process safe, quick and hassle-free. The reality is, you can sell your gun without leaving the house.

Just tell us which gun(s) you’d like to sell, we’ll make you an offer, and once we agree on a price, you’ll mail us your gun(s) with all expenses paid by us. When we receive your gun(s), we get you paid with a check in your hand within a few days.

When you use Dunlap Gun Buyers, you get the following unbeatable benefits!

Free gun appraisal  –  Fair price for your gun –  Free shipping

Easy shipment tracking throughout the whole process. Speedy payment!

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