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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces the First Concealed Carry Licenses Issued as Act 35 Takes Effect

 

“As a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights, I’m encouraged to see people exercising this freedom, and they can rest assured we’ll do our best to process applications from qualified residents as quickly as we can."

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced the Department of Justice (DOJ) already has started to issue concealed carry licenses to qualified applicants today, the first day permitted under Act 35.

 

As of approximately 3:45 p.m., more than 120 licenses have been issued to qualified applicants.  Almost 150 applications have been received by the DOJ at the Attorney General’s Capitol office, where applications have been made available and have been dropped off by visitors.

 

Of the applications received today, almost 90 licenses already have been printed at the DOJ and have been prepared for mailing.

 

“This is a historic day for the state of Wisconsin,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.  “As a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights, I’m encouraged to see people exercising this freedom, and they can rest assured we’ll do our best to process applications from qualified residents as quickly as we can.  I’m extremely proud of the DOJ employees who have worked to get people their licenses promptly and efficiently.”

 

The DOJ website typically sees roughly 81,000 hits daily but by noon today saw almost 800,000.

 

Under the law, the DOJ has 45 days from when an application is received to deny or issue a license, but the agency will make every effort to process applications as quickly as possible.  Wisconsin residents who wish to carry a concealed weapon will need to receive their license to carry concealed legally.

 

For a downloadable application form and other application information, visit the “Concealed Carry Law” page of the DOJ website here.

 

Note:  Some initial applications mistakenly showed “NA” in the field for alias/maiden name. The misprint has since been fixed, but if anyone has an application with the error and has not already filled it out, please use the corrected form and fill in the field.  Anyone who submitted the application form with the typographical error does not need to submit a replacement form.