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Wisconsin: Legislation Updating the Definition of Muzzloader Signed by Governor Evers

Friday, March 15, 2024

Wisconsin: Legislation Updating the Definition of Muzzloader Signed by Governor Evers

Yesterday, the governor signed Wisconsin Act 116, formally Senate Bill 587, into law. This legislation establishes a new definition for “muzzleloaders” that would allow for the use of innovative technological advancements that could benefit sportsmen, making the use of muzzleloaders safer and more ethical. The NRA would like to thank Governor Evers along members of the Wisconsin legislature who voted in support of this NRA-backed legislation.

Wisconsin Act 116 statutorily defines a muzzle-loading firearm as it applies to hunting to mean a firearm that shoots a projectile loaded exclusively from the muzzle. Muzzleloading firearms are permitted in certain instances, however the definition previously used was outdated. Wisconsin Act 116 amends a portion of the administrative code to include the new definition of “muzzleloading firearm” as it applies in the context of hunting. The updated definition will address some of the confusion individuals may have regarding which firearms they can use while hunting.

Another benefit of the bill is that it would allow for the introduction of new muzzleloading technology. One example is the Federal Firestick which provides improvements like moisture resistance, shot-to-shot consistency, and a simplified loading and unloading process. These enhancements make muzzleloading firearms safer to use, helping hunters from all walks of life participate in primitive weapons seasons they would otherwise not be able to experience. Imprecise language should not constrict people’s choice of firearms, nor should it prevent them from enjoying their passion for hunting and the outdoors. The improvements included in Wisconsin Act 116 would benefit the people who need them without creating any unfair advantages.

At a time when hunter participation is on the decline, the NRA seeks to increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3). Our extensive history of supporting wildlife conservation and hunter’s rights demonstrates the organization’s sincere commitment to laws like Wisconsin Act 116.

Continue to check your inbox and the NRA-ILA website for updates on your Second Amendment Rights and hunting heritage in Wisconsin.


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