Welcome to Wisconsin, where that state announced it has issued its 200,000th carry permit.
(Journal-Sentinel) – Wisconsin has reached a concealed weapons permit milestone.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Tuesday that permit number 200,000 was printed Monday at the Department of Justice’s secure processing center in downtown Madison.
Wisconsin became the 49th state to license people to carry concealed weapons in 2011 with the passage of Act 35. The law took effect Nov. 1 that year and Van Hollen announced extra staffing to handle the expected rush of applicants.
And with a population of 5.7 million, or less than half of Illinois’ 12.9 million, the recent announcement from the Illinois State Police that they expected to issue 400,000 permits to carry in 2014 is pretty believable.
Frankly, we at GSL and some at the NRA were initially estimating only 300,000 Illinoisans would apply next year.
Meanwhile, in Illinois, nearly three months after right-to-carry was approved, Illinois doesn’t even have a permit application, much less has it issued any licenses.