Wisconsin Concealed-Carry Permit Application Numbers Soar Out of Starting Gate

by
posted on November 16, 2011
sinews.jpg (105)

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said this week that nearly 37,000 concealed-carry permit applications have been received since Nov. 1, when Wisconsin became the 49th state to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns for personal protection.

On Nov. 7, a legislative committee suspended an earlier training requirement that was part of an emergency rules package signed by Gov. Scott Walker in October. The Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules voted to remove the controversial requirement mandating at least four hours of training to qualify for the permit, effective immediately.

The committee also suspended the requirement that applicants have a signed statement from the instructor verifying the course had been successfully completed.

"There's no reason why we have to micromanage how people obtain their concealed-carry permit," said committee member Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend). "Other states with no minimum training requirements haven't had any problems and there's going to be no problem in the state of Wisconsin either."

The Wisconsin Attorney General reminded applicants this week that while a minimum number of training hours are no longer required for a CCW permit, proof of training is still needed, such as a valid state hunter-safety certificate or card.

In addition, Van Hollen issued a list of the most common reasons Wisconsin permit applications are being rejected by the DOJ:

-Using an out-of-state concealed-carry license as proof of training, but failing to enclose the required affirmation form.

-Failing to completely fill out the concealed-carry permit application, or entering incorrect information such as the birth year.

-Enclosing the required certificate for proof of training, but lacking an instructor name or organization on the certificate.

-Using an address on the application that fails to match Wisconsin Department of Transportation records.

Latest

Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns
Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns

Mossberg 500 and 590: America’s Defensive Shotguns

Since 1961, the O.F. (Oscar Frederick) Mossberg company has sold more than 11 million of its Model 500 pump-action shotguns, making it the most popular shotgun of all time, if not one of the most sold guns in any category, period.

Customizing the Colt Detective Special

Got a gun with that has seen better days? Perhaps Grandpa’s favorite gun was obviously “well loved?” Talented gunsmiths and other artisans are out there who can give your favorite firearm a much-needed face-lift.

First Look: Dead Air Armament Primal Suppressor

Dead Air Armament is adding the Primal, a new.46-caliber magnum rated suppressor to their lineup of firearms sound suppressors.

9/11 20 Years Later: A Special Smith & Wesson

There are still heroes in this world. We mourn the loss of one some 20 years later on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Why Defensive Firearms Training is So Important

Yes, you may never have to fire your handgun in defense of your life or family, but the possibility always exists.

Review: Smith & Wesson Shield Plus

In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.