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300,000th concealed carry permit issued in WI; more than 19K applications processed this year

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MADISON — The 300,000th concealed carry permit has been issued in Wisconsin, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced on Thursday, March 31st.

The 300,000th permit was issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Criminal Information Bureau’s Firearms Unit on March 24th.

The concealed carry program began in Wisconsin in 2011.

Since January 1st, 2016, 19,515 concealed carry applications were processed in Wisconsin, and 46,658 background checks were completed. The background checks are required for the transfer of a handgun from a firearms dealer in Wisconsin.

During the entirety of 2015, 45,549 concealed carry applications were processed, and 131,648 background checks were completed.

Data collected by the DOJ shows that between 2001-2005, to 2011-2015 the total number of background checks increased from 162,208 to 599,141 — a 369% increase over the 10-year period.

“The dedicated professionals at the Department of Justice have provided a safe, secure and efficient process for the issuance of concealed carry permits since 2011 Act 35 went into effect on November 1st, 2011,” said Attorney General Schimel. “Wisconsin has always had a rich tradition of firearms ownership, and I am proud to lead the agency that ensures law abiding citizens can exercise their rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about how to apply for a concealed carry permit.


  • Libertarian

    Yeah we got 300,000 conservative criminals running around playing coyboy and Indians. I don’t feel safe with guns in the hands of gunner who are Eger to play hero jack. No guns in America is what will keep all of us safe.


      The more ccw we have the better off we will be and ( LIBERTARIAN) you must be a effin tard thinking there shouldn’t be any guns lets be a gun free zone Americans and then we will end up like Paris because no one can defend for them self’s for the simple fact there is no one with a ccw or open arm citizen. They’ll start using machetes like they do in them other gun free zone countries real smart and then what banned machetes

    • Grant

      Criminals? So exercising your 2nd Amendment right makes you a criminal? Your lack of common sense is laughable, no guns in America will keep us safe? Please keep posting these gems, I haven’t laughed this much in a while…

    • Chrisco

      You are not a libertarian. Libertarians support the 2nd amendment and concealed carry. Your name should be crazy liberal or commie.

    • Bryan Macklem

      Wow, you don’t feel safe huh? Were you one of the fools who claimed we’d have blood running in the streets because of concealed carry going into effect? How many YEARS have we had it as LAW now, and how many incidents have we had since it became LAW? Consequently, how many police shootings have we had that were deemed “questionable” in that same amount of time?

  • POPGUN#1

    That is 5.2% of the population. 3 million between 21 and 65. Guessing about then 1 in 10 adults of age with a carry permit. So if you are out and about make sure there are ten people around you or be the tenth.

  • Robert Casas

    It’s a good thing that Wisconsin’s Government built all those extra street drains and sewers to carry all the blood on the streets that the Democrats assured us would flood Wisconsin streets if ordinary citizens were allowed to defend themselves! What a mess would have to drive on them without them!

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