Armed Citizens

Armed Citizens Network of Wisconsin is an organization dedicated to providing safe and effective training for the law-abiding citizens of Wisconsin, so that they may satisfy the proof of training requirement in order to obtain the Wisconsin Concealed Carry License. This organization believes in the fundamental right of self defense and encourages the safe, responsible and legal carry of weapons for the protection of life.

The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.
Wisconsin Constitution, Article I, Section 25 (Created in 1998 by 79% of Wisconsin Voters)

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. United States Constitution, Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights

Scheduled Classes

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Please contact the instructor.
Date Location Contact Info Time-Status Course
March 9th, 2024 Cimino's Gun & Archery
Merrill 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Open WI-CCL

ACNOW's WI-CCL course and certificate, along with an affidavit of competency, is accepted by the State of Florida for the non-resident Florida permit. Please contact Jim, Jeff, Tony, or Fred for more information.

Jim (Watertown Area), Jeff (Neilsville/Clark Co. Area), Tony (Eau Claire Area), and Fred (Wausau & Merrill Area), are Certified Firearms Instructors. ACNOW Instructors will also do training in your business or home as long as the environment is "gun friendly" and satisfies conditions of minimum class size (TBD per event). Feel free to contact us for information about Wisconsin Concealed Carry License Classes, or other firearms instruction.

Previous ACNOW Classes

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United States Concealed Carry Association

The Well Armed Woman

Cornered Cat - A Woman's Guide to Concealed Carry

Join the National Rifle Association

Reference Section

Wisconsin State Statutes

Wisconsin Dept of Justice Ė Concealed Carry Q & A

Final Summary of Senate Bill 93.pdf

Specific Laws

From the DNR
The following 31 states will honor Wisconsin's CCL. Check the laws of those states BEFORE you carry in them.
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CO, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WV, WY - as of 06-27-2020

The following 18 states will NOT honor Wisconsin's CCL. You may not be safe to spend your money there.

Maine and West Virginia are Permit-less Carry states and any resident or non-resident who is 21 or older who can legally possess a firearm can carry it concealed in Maine and West Virginia without any type of permit/license. By statute Maine and West Virginia still donít honor all other states permit/licenses, but then again Maine and West Virginia don't need to declare reciprocity before a permit holder from another state is allowed to carry concealed. However, residents of Maine and West Virginia have different rights than non-residents, so non-residents need to check the statutes of Maine and West Virginia. is a great source for this type of information.

Beginner's Guide to Carry- It's all about choices!

Concealed-carry-application-from-DOJ as well as Renewal and other forms

If you are using an existing Out-of-State Permit or License as proof of training, you will need to send this affirmation slip along with the application form and payment. Affirmation_Slip_for _WI_CCL

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