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Wisconsin LEOSA

State Controlling Agency

Title

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Address

Attn: Firearms Unit
PO Box 7130
Madison, WI, 53707‐7130

Telephone

(608) 261‐8647 or (608) 261‐7998

State Details

Who Can Qualify

The Wisconsin DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will provide opportunities for former federal officer to qualify. Any Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) certified instructor (most are employed by local law enforcement agencies or technical colleges) may perform the qualification course.

Notes

Wisconsin residents who are former law enforcement officers may be eligible to carry a concealed weapon under one or two different processes:

  1. Obtain the concealed carry license available to the general public.
  2. Obtain a LEOSA certification card, available to former law enforcement officers under qualifying circumstances.

Former Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers – LEOSA Certification

To obtain a LEOSA Certification Card, former Wisconsin state/county/municipal law enforcement officers must contact their former employer. In order to be eligible for this certification card, the former officer must meet these conditions:

  1. The former officer must have separated from service with the law enforcement agency in good standing.
  2. The former officer must have served an aggregate of at least ten years, or the former officer separated from service due to a service connected disability as determined by the agency, after completing any applicable probationary period.
  3. The former officer has not been found by a qualified medical professional, employed by the law enforcement agency, to be unqualified to be a law enforcement officer for reasons related to the former officer’s mental health, and the former officer did not enter into an agreement with his/her agency that he or she is not qualified to be an officer because of mental health reasons.
  4. The former officer is not prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm as indicated by a search of the TIME system and the national criminal background check system.
  5. The former officer has, during the previous 12 months at the former officer’s expense, been found by an LESB‐certified firearms instructor, to meet the standard for qualifications in firearms training for active officers established by the state. As this is LESB curriculum, any LESB‐certified firearm instructor may perform the qualification course.

Wisconsin adopted a statewide standard “for qualification in firearms training for active law enforcement officers to carry a firearm” on 9/5/12. Per Wis. Stat. §175.49(2)(a)2., this standard is the standard to be used for former law enforcement officers.

A model template for agency certification card is available on WILENET. Agencies are not required to use this template, and may utilize their own that conforms to §175.49(3)&(4).

Upon the request of a former law enforcement officer and at the former officer’s expense, a law enforcement agency that employed the former officer shall, when the officer meets all of the requirements above, issue the former officer a certification card conforming to Wis. Stat. §175.49(3)&(4).3

Procedures in Summary

  1. Qualify on the LESB handgun qualification course. This course must be administered by a Wisconsin LESB‐certified firearm instructor, and successful completion must be documented on the DOJ certificate available to LESB‐certified instructors on WILENET. This course may be administered by the former agency’s LESBcertified instructor, another agency’s LESB‐certified instructor, or an LESB‐certified instructor at a technical college.
  2. Contact your former Wisconsin law enforcement agency. Supply your DOJ qualification certificate and follow your agency’s process.

Former Federal Law Enforcement Officers – LEOSA Certification
Former federal law enforcement officers may receive a LEOSA certification card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

In order to be eligible for this certification card, the former federal law enforcement officer must meet these conditions:

  1. The former officer must be a Wisconsin resident.
  2. The former officer must have separated from service with the federal law enforcement agency in good standing.
  3. The former officer must have served an aggregate of at least ten years, or the former officer separated from service due to a service connected disability as determined by the agency, after completing any applicable probationary period.
  4. The former officer has not been found by a qualified medical professional, employed by the law enforcement agency, to be unqualified to be a law enforcement officer for reasons related to the former officer’s mental health, and the former officer did not enter into an agreement with his/her agency that he or she is not qualified to be an officer because of mental health reasons. (The former officer must provide affirmation of this via form DJ‐LE‐ 290.)
  5. The former officer is not prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm as indicated by a search of the TIME system and the national criminal background check system.
  6. The former officer has, during the previous 12 months at the former officer’s expense, been found by an LESB‐certified firearms instructor, to meet the standards for qualifications in firearms training for active officers established by the state. As this is LESB curriculum, any LESB‐certified firearm instructor may perform the qualification course.

The Wisconsin DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) will provide opportunities for former federal officers to qualify. Any LESB‐certified firearm instructor may choose to provide this service (most are employed by local law enforcement agencies or technical colleges).

After approving an application meeting all requirements, the WisDOJ will issue the former federal officer a certification card which states all of the following:

a) The type of firearm the former officer is certified to carry (but this cannot include a machine gun, a firearm silencer, or a destructive device).

b) The former officer has been found by a Wisconsin LESBcertified firearms instructor to meet the Wisconsin standards for qualifications in firearms training for active officers.

c) The date on which the firearm qualification test was made, and an expiration date that is 12 months later than the firearm qualification test date.

d) The full name, date of birth, residence address, physical description, and photograph of the former officer.

e) The name of this State.

f) A statement that the certification card does not confer any law enforcement authority on the certification card holder and does not make the certification card holder an employee or agent of the department.

Procedures in Summary

  1. Download and complete application form DJ‐LE‐286, Certification of Former Federal Law Enforcement Officers, available on the WisDOJ website. Note that this form also requires a specific type of photograph of the former federal officer.
  2. Download and have the former federal law enforcement agency complete form DJ‐LE‐290, State of Wisconsin Former Federal Law Enforcement Officer Concealed Carry Affirmation, available on the WisDOJ website.
  3. Successfully qualify using the handgun(s) desired. Qualification must be conducted by a firearms instructor certified by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. 

a. DCI will offer periodic qualification shoots. See the DCI LEOSA web page at http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/lawenforcement‐officers‐safety‐act for current information regarding dates and locations of opportunities to qualify. You must provide 50 rounds of factory ammunition for each qualification attempt as well as your own ear and eye protection. If required by the range facility, you must pay a range fee.

b. You may be qualified by any LESB‐certified firearm instructor Contact local law enforcement agencies or technical colleges to determine whether this service is offered—the DOJ does not maintain a roster of organizations offering these services.

4. Upon successful qualification, the LESB‐certified Firearm instructor will give you a certificate of qualification. (The specified certificate is only available to LESB‐certified firearm instructors on WILENET). The certificate must contain the following information:

a. The name of the former federal officer.
b. The date of the qualification.
c. The handgun the former officer used to qualify.
d. The printed name of the LESB‐certified instructor who conducted the qualification.
e. The signature of the LESB‐certified instructor.
f. A statement that the former federal officer successfully qualified.

5. Mail the application with attached photograph, affirmation form, proof of qualification, and fee to the WisDOJ at the address shown on DJ‐LE‐286.

Certification cards expire 12 months from the date of the former federal officer’s firearm qualification. 

Former Out‐of‐State Non‐Federal Law Enforcement Officers – LEOSA Certification

Former law enforcement officers employed by a state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency outside Wisconsin must contact their former employer. Currently there is no provision in Wisconsin statutes for the issue of LEOSA certification cards by a Wisconsin entity, or for the qualification of out‐of‐state former officers on behalf of their former agency.

2013 Assembly Bill 1657 would change Wisconsin statutes and allow the DOJ to issue certification cards to former officers who were employed by out‐of‐state officers. This bill has not passed as of the date of this FAQ.

Procedures in Summary

Contact your former out‐of‐state law enforcement agency and follow your agency’s process.

https://wilenet.org/html/leosa/HR218_process.pdf

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