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Wis. AG defends concealed carry rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is defending the state Justice Department’s concealed carry regulations.

The Justice Department is drafting rules to enact a new law that allows Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons. The National Rifle Association sent Van Hollen a letter Wednesday accusing the DOJ of going beyond the law’s intent by imposing a minimum of four hours of training that must include hands-on practice.

Van Hollen said the law calls for training but doesn’t clearly define it. Rather than laying a curriculum, the agency decided that setting a minimum time requirement would deter judges from later dictating how much training is needed.

He said the agency won’t create any other restrictions on training. Van Hollen said the NRA’s assertion the agency will require hands-on practice is inaccurate.

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