Wisconsin started issuing concealed carry permits in November of 2011. In the last 53 months, they have issued 300,000 concealed carry permits and you probably won’t be shocked to learn that permit holders have been exceptionally law abiding. Only one permit holder has been convicted of a crime while carrying a handgun under the provisions of the permit. He plead self defense, but a jury ruled it manslaughter. That’s a homicide rate lower than Japan’s . . .
One unjustified homicide for over 750,000 permit-years calculates to an annual homicide rate of less than .19 per 100,000 per year. It is similar to the rate for permit holders in Minnesota. According to the FBI, the Wisconsin homicide rate for 2012 rate for 2012 was 3.0 per 100,000, 2.8 for 2013, and 2.9 for 2014. The implication is clear. If you want to be safe, stay with a Wisconsin permit holder.
Wisconsin’s Department of Justice has issued 300,000 concealed carry permits since the law went into effect in 2011.
The department says concealed carry applications have been at record high levels in recent months and the high interest shows no sign of subsiding. According to a news release, the department’s Crime Information Bureau has processed more than 19,500 concealed carry applications since the start of this year alone, putting it on track to far outpace last year’s 45,500 applications.
Part of the success of the Wisconsin permit system is that it doesn’t require fingerprints or pictures. It uses the existing electronic background check system available to all police departments to check permit applications. And there are a wide variety of options to meet the training requirements.
The cost of the permit has been reduced from the original $50 to $40 and may drop further. Wisconsin law requires that permit revenues not be substantially higher than the administrative costs of the program. In a press release, the AG said that he was proud of the program’s success.
Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement that Wisconsin has always had a rich tradition of firearms ownership and he’s proud to help citizens exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Wisconsin permit holders have been involved in numerous instances of self defence and the defense of others. One of the more famous cases occured during an attempt at an armed robbery in a Milwaukee barbershop. Somehow, though, permit holders using their guns for self defense never makes headlines like the rare instances when they’re involved in crimes. Go figure.
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