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NRA up in arms over concealed carry rules


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- National Rifle Association leaders are up in arms over the attorney general's changes to the state's new concealed carry law. That law goes into effect in less than two weeks.

Wisconsin's new concealed carry law goes into effect on November first. As it's written, it doesn't offer any specific rules about how much training is necessary to get a permit. So the state attorney general made his own decision -- four hours' worth.

NRA leaders said the AG is overstepping his boundaries. They'd rather see the law go into effect the way it was written and signed by the governor.

"We think that the attorney general is wrong," said NRA spokesperson Rachel Parsons. "We think it's of utmost importance to be trained to carry a firearm however we do not believe there should be a one-size-fits all mandate."

One place to get training is at Northcentral Technical College. School leaders said they've had a good turn-out at training sessions so far.

"We want them to clearly understand both the ramifications of carrying the firearm as well as being prepared to use it," said NTC dean of public safety Bryce Kolpack.

But some firearm experts said one session isn't enough.

"The classes could be beneficial," said Gunsmith Jake owner Jake Schira. "But I don't see how it's beneficial with a four-hour period. I just don't see how that's going to help anybody."

Schira said the training should be free.

"A four hour course is not really going to help anybody," said Schira. "It's just a way to make some money for who ever's holding the courses."

But NTC leaders said the training is meant to be just a starting point. And potential permit holders can take their own initiative from there.

"I think they've been given the basic skills," said Kolpack. "They leave here with the training that's been designed to give them thoughts about what to think about for this process."

To sign up for a permit, you'll need to fill out an application on the Department of Justice website. Those will be available starting in November. For more information, you can click on this link.

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