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UPDATE: DOJ receives scores of cc applications

MADISON (AP) -

The state Justice Department has received more than 100 concealed carry permit applications so far.


DOJ spokeswoman Dana Brueck says as of early afternoon Tuesday, the agency had received 110 applications, approved 90 and printed 42 permits.

Tuesday is the first day Wisconsin residents can apply for concealed carry permits. Brueck says people downloaded about 83,000 application forms from DOJ's website between midnight and 9 a.m.

Applicants must either mail the paperwork to DOJ or drop it off in person at the agency's state Capitol office.

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The state Justice Department says tens of thousands of people have downloaded concealed carry permit applications from the agency's website.

Tuesday is the first day Wisconsin residents can apply to the agency for permits to carry hidden weapons. The agency reports that between midnight and 9 a.m. about 83,000 permits have been downloaded and the site has gotten about 400,000 hits.

Under the law, anyone who is at least 21 years old, hasn't been convicted of a felony and takes at least four hours of firearms training can obtain a permit to carry concealed from DOJ.

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It's the first day of Wisconsin's new concealed carry law. But, police warn that if you carry a gun without a valid permit, prepare to be arrested.

If you're a resident of Wisconsin, having an out-of-state carry permit is not enough. The state Department of Justice says you must have a Wisconsin permit. If you don't live in Wisconsin and have a current permit from one of 26 states with requirements similar to Wisconsin's, you can legally carry a gun in the Badger State.

Concealed carry license applications are available from DOJ. The department hasn't processed any applications until Tuesday because it needs current criminal history information when doing a background check. The fee for a license is $50 and you need proof of training.

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