Updates on Wisconsin Concealed Carry Law
Agency officials estimate they've received 30,420 applications between Nov. 1, when the law took effect, and Wednesday. They've approved 3,689 applications and printed 3,287 permits over that span. . . .
There is some evidence of a significant increase in gun sales.
MADISON, Wis. (WHBL) - Sales of hand-guns have gone up steadily in the days after Wisconsin's new concealed weapons law took effect.
In northeast Wisconsin, shop owner Dan Gussert has seen a 25-percent jump in handgun sales since November first when the concealed carry law took effect. And the state Justice Department has had a 42-percent increase in calls to the hotline that gun dealers must use before they can sell weapons to prospective buyers. Gussert, who owns stores in Green Bay and Suamico, says most of his recent sales were for compact pistols -- the lighter weapons that can easily fit in a pocket-or-purse. Gussert says his sales have actually gone up since the concealed carry law was passed in the spring. . . .
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Sales of small guns are up. That's what Dan Gussert, owner of Gus’s Guns in Suamico, said he and other gun dealers are seeing because of the Wisconsin’s new conceal-carry law. . . .
At least one officer from Wisconsin isn't concerned about the training requirements.
It's no longer a requirement to have four hours of training before receiving a concealed carry permit in Wisconsin, according to JSOnline.com, but one Sussex lieutenant isn't worried.
Rules were written last month that obligated residents interested in carrying a concealed weapon to have the training. However, on Monday lawmakers overturned the minimum requirement meaning people could "pay to take courses that last just a few minutes," and then receive a permit, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.
Although some officers are outraged by the change, Lt. Jim Gumm of Sussex Police Services doesn't think this will be a major problem in the village.
"I’m not worried, and my reason for that is that police officers have a level of training that prepares us for that sort of thing," Gumm said. "We’re trained to expect the unknown, so I don’t think this will be any different for us as officers." . . .