Min age to shoot a firearm
Did not know the Wisconsin rules on firearms for kids, as I don't have kids and therefore don't concern myself with it. Still, it's difficult to understand how a state could regulate the supervised use of a weapon given the amount of area in Wisconsin that is agricultural and/or rural wilderness.
It's funny how attitudes change when you are in areas of the country where a firearm, as a weapon, might be part of the daily facts of life when confronted with some surly critters that are known to be about. In Georgia it's snakes, wild hogs, coyotes (surly to livestock), and the occasional domestic critter that requires expedient dispatch. I've watched both my best friends boys handle a .22 rifle, supervised, at age 6. If needed, and occasionally it has been, either one could retrieve a weapon and load it for you. Hate to say it, but I would trust either one before I would trust many adults to perform the same chore safely.
I shot a .22 at an Illinois police rifle range as a Cub Scout at age 8. Since we were supervised by a couple of cops, I assume it was legal. Also shot one at YMCA camp in Michigan at age 10.
I'm confident a number of folks in Kentucky learned to shoot before they learned to read, and yes, I do know some of those folks are nearing retirement age.
You have to be at least 12 years of age and under the supervision of an adult parent or guardian and only for the purpose of target practice or part of a course of instruction on proper use of a handgun to be able to handle a handgun. Please also remember that it is NOT legal for any person under age 18 to possess or use a handgun (which is a firearm) for hunting in Wisconsin, not even if accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Juveniles may only use legal rifles, shotguns or airguns for hunting.
P Holly Robertson Wildlife Rules and Regulations Assistant Bureau of Wildlife Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
This pertains to the age 18 for firearm use alone:
WI State Statue 941.28 (3) (a) This section does not apply to a person under 18 years of age who possesses or is armed with a dangerous weapon when the dangerous weapon is being used in target practice under the supervision of an adult or in a course of instruction in the traditional and proper use of the dangerous weapon under the supervision of an adult. This section does not apply to an adult who transfers a dangerous weapon to a person under 18 years of age for use only in target practice under the adult’s supervision or in a course of instruction in the traditional and proper use of the dangerous weapon under the adult’s supervision.
I will be breaking that law with my kids. It is only fair to the game animals. I will pay that fine with a huge grin on face while letting them know how "logical" this law is.
I checked the criminal statutes and found no restrictions on age mentioned. I think this shows a oversite by the State and an opening to address this issue if we can find someone to sponsor legislation. Now is the time to try and move this forward before we end up with a President and Congress that make every attempt to take away all our gun rights.
I will, and encourage all of you to contact your State Representives and ask them to sponsor some kind of bill in regards to this matter.
Lets do what we can to save our basic rights and help teach our children the heritage that our forefathers taught us.