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State issues 300,000 concealed-carry permits since 2011

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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.

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.

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