If a former Wisconsin officer meets the requirements, he or she may request his or her former law enforcement employer to issue a certification card which permits the former officer to carry a concealed handgun. (This certification card must be issued by the former agency--there is no statutory authority for firearms instructors to issue certification cards.) Former federal officers, and former officers of out-of-state-agencies, residing in Wisconsin, may request a certification card through the WisDOJ.
On September 5, 2012, the Law Enforcement Standards Board approved a statewide handgun qualification standard. As a state standard, this course serves as the required qualification course for former Wisconsin officers requesting a certification card pursuant to s. 175.49(2)(a)2, or former federal and out-of-state officers requesting a certification card pursuant to s.175.49(3)(a)2. Adoption of this standard means a retired officer living across the state from their former agency can now complete the qualification process locally rather than returning to their former agency to qualify.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.