The Wisconsin Justice Department set up this bin for storing concealed carry permit applications in the agency’s Capitol office Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Madison, Wis. Tuesday was the first day Wisconsin residents could apply for permits to carry concealed weapons. / (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)
Tens of thousands of people downloaded permit applications Tuesday within hours of Wisconsin’s new concealed carry law taking effect, underscoring gun enthusiasts’ pent-up frustration over years of waiting for authorization to carry hidden weapons.
The state Justice Department, the agency responsible for issuing permits, didn’t have any estimates of applications received as of midday Tuesday. But all indications were tens thousands of people are looking to obtain permits.
An agency website offering downloadable applications went live at midnight. As of 9 a.m., the site had received 400,000 hits and people had downloaded about 83,000 applications, DOJ spokeswoman Dana Brueck said.
The Wisconsin Justice Department set up this bin for storing concealed carry permit applications in…
by Dennis Adler / Nov 2, 2011