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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Praises Department of Justice Employees as DOJ Prints 100,000th Concealed Carry License

 

“This is good news for Second Amendment advocates and our ability to deliver on another public service at the Department. I'm incredibly proud of the dedicated staff at the Department of Justice. Throughout the implementation of the concealed carry law, employees were willing to adjust and go above and beyond to help us reach this point,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen addressed members of the media from the secure license processing area of the Department of Justice (DOJ) headquarters in Madison as the Department marked a milestone this morning – the printing of the 100,000th Concealed Carry License -- fewer than six months after 2011 Wisconsin Act 35 took effect.

 

“This is good news for Second Amendment advocates and our ability to deliver on another public service at the Department. I'm incredibly proud of the dedicated staff at the Department of Justice. Throughout the implementation of the concealed carry law, employees were willing to adjust and go above and beyond to help us reach this point,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

 

The DOJ has received nearly 111,000 concealed carry applications since the law took effect November 1, 2011. 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

 

A video of Attorney General Van Hollen's remarks from this morning is available at the following link:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTB5LA3PVo8