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In May 2022, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in Doubeck v. Kaul that people with misdemeanor disorderly conduct convictions can obtain concealed carry gun permits — even when the incidents involve domestic violence.
According to federal law, people convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” are not allowed to possess a gun. In intrepreting this statute, the Wisconsin Supreme Court found that a disorderly conduct conviction in Wisconsin is not equivalent since there are non-violent types of disorderly conduct. State law defines it as “violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance.”
The court’s ruling was unanimous, but in a concurring opinion, liberal Justice Jill Karofsky urged the Wisconsin State Legislature to close what she called a “dangerous loophole” in the state law that produced the case.
Wisconsin Courts: Doubek v. Kaul Opinion
PBS Wisconsin: Domestic abuse and concealed carry in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin justice blasts ‘dangerous’ law allowing gun permits for those with domestic abuse history
State Bar of Wisconsin: Wisconsin Lawyer: Supreme Court Digest
Wisconsin State Legislature: Disorderly Conduct Statute