Wisconsin Justice Dept. Swamped With Concealed Carry Apps
Wisconsin Justice Department officials say they’re so inundated with concealed carry applications that they don’t expect to meet their deadlines for issuing the permits this month.
A new state law allowing concealed weapons went into effect on Nov. 1. The measure gives the Justice Department 45 days to process permit applications received through Nov. 30.
By law, any applications received after that date must be processed within 21 days.
The department’s Law Enforcement Services Division Administrator Brian O’Keefe told the Associated Press that the agency is so overwhelmed with applications, it likely will need a day or two longer to process them from now through mid-January.
The agency has received nearly 65,000 applications so far and has spent nearly $30,000 on overtime for processing.