Skip to comments.News: State of Wisconsin State reaches 100,000 milestone for carry permits
Posted on 04/22/2012 8:05:56 PM PDT by marktwain
With hundreds of applications flowing in every day, the Department of Justice last week issued the 100,000th concealed carry permit in the state since the law passed last year, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Friday.
Van Hollen said the department has been flooded with applications, reaching the 100,000 milestone in just six months. Van Hollen estimated the state would approve 125,000 permits by the end of the first year.
Making the announcement in one of the DOJs rooms where the permits are printed off, Van Hollen applauded the efforts of the DOJ staff and law enforcement officials for making the distribution of permits a smooth and efficient process.
There were doomsday people out there, before concealed carry was passed, who were predicting, of course, the doom and gloom that when we put more guns on the street, that were going to have more problems, Van Hollen said. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Van Hollen said the permits have been less controversial than opponents would make it seem and said the state has not had any problems so far, adding that concealed carry laws also exist in 48 other states.
According to Van Hollen, handgun permits and purchases have increased at a record pace since the law was passed.
Sen. Kelda Helen Roys, D-Madison, said she was very disappointed when the Legislature irresponsibly moved forward to eliminate even the bare minimum requirements that were put in place by Van Hollen.
Roys also pointed out law enforcement officials were opposed to the laws passage.
Part of [law enforcement officials] concern is that throughout their jobs, they have to always be approaching people in cars and vehicles in unknown situations and not be able to know if those people are packing heat, Roys said.
Wisconsin National Rifle Association spokesman Jeff Nass said the safety of Wisconsin citizens has been greatly enhanced as a result of the law. Nass said the law specifically benefits women, as it places them on a level playing field.
Nass cited a recent incident at an Aldis grocery store in Milwaukee where a man with a concealed carry permit fired on a man seen carrying a sawed-off shotgun and threatening a cashier as an example of the law in action.
Nass also questioned the criticism surrounding the law because of how prevalent he said similar laws are in other states.
I dont know why Wisconsin would be any different, Nass said. The people of Wisconsin are as law-abiding and as responsible or more so than other states in this country, and Im not sure why anybody would question that.
After the controversial shooting of Travyon Martin an unarmed teenager who was killed in Florida gun issues have been at the front of the national stage throughout the last several weeks. When asked if he supported the Stand Your Ground laws intended for self-defense claims that were recently implemented in Florida and other states, Van Hollen showed enthusiasm for the laws.
Im not opposed to the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their liberty, their family and their property, he said.
Mom will be getting one soon.
And what does a concealed carry license have to do with that?
The safest assumption is the recognition that anyone may be armed and that you should be ready IF they try anything but also that all persons should be treated with due respect.
Does anyone know if Wisconsin has reciprocity with Colorado? I was planning a trip to Stevens Point this summer.
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The second amendment doesn’t say anything about getting a permit.
But but but Mister Media scumbag you told us the TEA party was gone. You wouldn’t lie to us would you Mister Media scumbag, would you?
—this will help—I didn’t look it up but Wisconsin reciprocity is very liberal-—
That is an awesome link. Thank you so much!
—the NRA websites have similar info, also-—
My license number is in the 70,000 range.