MADISON, Wis. - Dozens of people handed in concealed weapon permit applications directly to the state Department of Justice (DOJ) in Madison the moment the doors opened Tuesday.
It is the first day Wisconsin residents can apply for permits under a new state law. Dozens of people handed their applications directly to a receptionist in the DOJ's Capitol office when the building opened at 8 a.m.
Matt Slavik of Brookfield is a member of Wisconsin Carry Inc., a group that advocates for the right to bear arms. He turned his application in at DOJ's Capitol office immediately after it opened.
He says he filled his application out at 1 a.m. Tuesday, saying he felt like a kid on the night before Christmas.
A DOJ spokeswoman says the agency could issue the first permits by the end of the day.
If you're a resident of Wisconsin, having an out-of-state carry permit is not enough. The state Department of Justice (DOJ) says you must have a Wisconsin permit.
If you don't live in Wisconsin but have a current permit from one of 26 states with requirements similar to Wisconsin's, you can legally carry a gun in the Badger State.
Concealed carry license applications are available from DOJ. The department hasn't processed any applications until Tuesday because it needs current criminal history information when doing a background check.
The fee for a license is $50 and anyone desiring a conceal and carry permit needs proof of training.
Wisconsin is now the 49th state that allows residents to carry concealed weapons. To be eligible for a permit, residents must be older than 21, must have proof that they completed a firearms training course, and must not be prohibited from possessing a weapon under state or federal law.
Here is Wisconsin conceal and carry by the numbers.
- 100,000: DOJ's estimated number of permit applications during the law's first year.
- 1.5-7.8: percentage of the state population that the DOJ expects to apply for a permit in the first year.
- 10: number of temporary employees who will process permit applications for the DOJ.
- 1: number of full-time employee who will process permit applications.
- $62,300: to hire a full-time employee to process permit applications.
- $174,400: to hire 10 limited-term employees for six months to process applications.
- $77,100:for supplies and services, including desks and computers, for employees to process applications.
- $50: for a concealed carry permit application.
- 4: minimum number of hours of firearms training required.
- 5: number of years the permit is valid.
- 45: number of days the DOJ has to process applications submitted before Dec. 1.
- 21: number of days the DOJ has to process applications submitted after Dec. 1.
- 49: number of states, including Wisconsin, that allow concealed carry. (Illinois does not allow concealed carry.)
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