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State officials get more money to process concealed carry permits


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - The state Justice Department has been given the money to hire more people to keep up with the large numbers of applications for concealed weapons’ permits.

The Joint Finance Committee had until yesterday to object to the agency’s request from last month for 788-thousand-600 dollars. Republican co-chairs Robin Vos and Alberta Darling said nobody on the panel objected, so the request was approved. The funding will pay for eight new employees with two-year terms, a new supervisor for the department’s firearms unit, promotions for current employees, and office supplies.

As of mid-June, the Justice Department had received over 120-thousand applications since the concealed carry law took effect last November. The agency had hired 30 new people to process the applications, and to perform background checks for the growing numbers of handgun buyers spurred by the new law. But officials said turnover, training time, and the massive numbers of applications had slowed the process down.

As of last month, about two-thousand permit requests had been submitted each week.