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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to Deliver Remarks as Department of Justice Prints 100,000th Concealed Carry License


Credentialed Media Invited to News Conference Tomorrow in License Processing Area


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will address members of the media tomorrow morning as the Department of Justice (DOJ) marks a milestone – the printing of the 100,000th Concealed Carry License -- fewer than six months after 2011 Wisconsin Act 35 took effect.


The news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Risser Justice Center, at 17 West Main Street in Madison. Media should check in with the guard no later than 9:50 a.m. and be prepared to show credentials. Media will be escorted to the secure processing area.


Wisconsin's handgun hotline, staffed by employees of the Crime Information Bureau of the DOJ's Division of Law Enforcement Services, handled a record 88,895 calls in 2011. To date, February 2012 set the record for the highest number of calls to the hotline within a single month at 15,842. All registered firearm dealers are required to call the Handgun Hotline before transferring a handgun. More information about the Handgun Hotline.


“The implementation of Wisconsin's concealed carry law has touched nearly every aspect of the Department of Justice, and I'm extremely proud of -- and thankful to -- the many employees who have worked tirelessly, at every step in the law's process, to help us reach this benchmark,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.