Monday, January 7, 2013
State's new conceal carry law and Sandy Hook school shooting prompts increase in calls to background check hotline, newspaper reports.
When Wisconsin's conceal carry law took effect in November 2011, gun sales in the state jumped. And the trend continued throughout 2012, according to reporting by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A Dec. 27 story reported the background check hotline for handgun purchases has handled 60 percent more calls in 2012 over 2011. At that time, the newspaper reported, "the hotline handled 132,940 calls. For all of 2011, it received 88,895 calls." Part of that number, the Journal Sentinel reported, was a spike in interest in buying guns after the Sandy Hook school shooting, when more than 2,000 additional calls went to the hotline in the week after the shooting compared to the week before. In November, the JS reported on the steady boost in gun …
Monday, January 16, 2012
The huge increase in permit applications has the state sweating bullets trying to process applications on time.
According to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin Department of Justice is now at least four days behind in completing background checks and processing applications for gun permits. Handgun sales have increased to an overwhelming volume since the passing of the new conceal carry law on November 1, 2011. There is a law which states that applications are to be processed within 21 days, but the state fell behind on December 30, 2011. You can read the full story HERE.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Wisconsin gets armed as Conceal Carry Law takes effect.
As Wisconsin becomes a conceal carry state, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice are working overtime to meet state deadlines. Handgun licenses have soared by 50 percent, within weeks about 56,000 or roughly one percent of the state's population will have a conceal carry licenses, and the state's handgun hotline has been ringing off the hook, according to an article in the Journal Sentinel. As of Dec. 11, a total of 24,821 people had had permits approved by the state and only a small number - 296 people - have been denied, according to new DOJ statistics. The article highlighted one Greendale man, Jeff Szymanski, who said he got his license in about 33 days, but he didn't expect to use it. To read the full story, click here.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Have gun, will carry -- but not so fast.
The conceal carry law will go into effect in a few weeks, but there may be some tinkering done to the rules surrounding the permit process. According to a Journal Sentinel article, Gov. Scott Walker OK'd a four-hour training requirement people would need to complete before they receive a permit. The provision hasn't gone over well with officials with the National Rifle Association. The rules were made temporarily until the Wisconsin Department of Justice can finalize the permanent rules in December. Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action told Patrick Marley, a Journal Sentinel reporter, that "We are frankly disappointed with the grudging attitude (the Department of Justice) has taken toward this law…
Saturday, July 23, 2011
A number of people in the community have been asking Caledonia Police about the recently passed conceal carry law. So we're doing a series of videos on what you need to know.
Want to see more about this topic? Press the Facebook "like" button underneath the article. If we get more than 10 "like" we'll know to do a follow-up article. Gun-owners wanting to conceal carry have been asking about the new law, which goes into effect on Nov. 1. We're kicking off a video series about the law. If you have any questions, feel freel to email email@example.com and we'll get the answers you need. Here are a few facts and resources: The new law: What areas are prohibited areas to conceal carry or even open carry a gun? Public buildings, this includes jails, police stations, government buildings that screen for weapons, a gun cannot be concealed carry beyond airport security checkpoints. Also, the bill states: “A …