You gents look...thirsty. Well pardners, what'll it be?
Three Koolaides comin' up!
Madison - The state Department of Justice issued its 100,000th concealed-carry permit Friday, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.
The department is receiving more applications for permits than expected. When the state's concealed weapons law was approved last year, Van Hollen estimated the state would issue 125,000 permits in the first year. It is easily on track to do that because 100,000 permits have been issued in less than six months, Van Hollen told reporters at a news conference in the room where large machines print off the licenses.
"I anticipate we're certainly going to hit that 125,000 mark. I would not be surprised we hit a mark higher than that," the Republican at torney general said.
The department receives hundreds of applications every day. Sales of handguns also are up, Van Hollen said.
On Nov. 1, Wisconsin became the 49th state to allow residents to carry concealed weapons, leaving Illinois as the only state with a ban on concealed weapons. Van Hollen said there have been no problems since Wisconsin residents gained the ability to carry hidden guns.
"There were doomsday people out there, before concealed carry was passed, who were predicting, of course, the doom and gloom that when we put more guns on the street, that when more people are able to carry concealed weapons, that we're going to have more problems," he said. "Nothing could have been further from the truth."
He said he was confident implementing the law would go smoothly because other states with concealed weapons laws have had minimal issues.
"We expected we would not have problems in Wisconsin either, and we have not," he said.
But Jeri Bonavia, executive director of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, said it was impossible to know how the law was working because the names of permit holders are confidential and available to law enforcement only in limited circumstances.
"We just don't know whether there have been problems or haven't been problems," she said.
Van Hollen said he did not know what effects the law was having on public safety because it is difficult to effectively measure whether concealed weapons deter crime. But he said if the law deters even just one crime, that is an added benefit.
"I don't know that it's safer, and I don't know that it's less safe" with concealed weapons, he said. "I've made it very clear repeatedly . . . that this isn't so much an issue of public safety.
"There's no reason why the government should have been interfering with the lives of law-abiding citizens in the first place."
In addition to the concealed weapons law, Republicans who controlled the Legislature last year approved a "castle doctrine" giving legal protections to those who shoot home intruders. Van Hollen spoke favorably of that law.
"I'm a firm believer that people should be able to defend themselves against people who are putting their life or liberty at stake," he said.
Too bad most cyclists are tree-hugging, PETA loon, libtard, enviro-whacko, communist morons with no common sense. Oh well, you can damned well bet there's at least a few cyclists that have their CCW.
Here ya go, gents. Another dose of Koolaid to keep you pacified.
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Edited by CAMPYBOB - 4/23/12 at 8:12am