100,000 Concealed Carry Permits in Wisconsin

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Praises Department of Justice Employees as DOJ Prints 100,000th Concealed Carry License
Friday, April 20, 2012

“This is good news for Second Amendment advocates and our ability to deliver on another public service at the Department. I’m incredibly proud of the dedicated staff at the Department of Justice. Throughout the implementation of the concealed carry law, employees were willing to adjust and go above and beyond to help us reach this point,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen addressed members of the media from the secure license processing area of the Department of Justice (DOJ) headquarters in Madison as the Department marked a milestone this morning – the printing of the 100,000th Concealed Carry License — fewer than six months after 2011 Wisconsin Act 35 took effect.

“This is good news for Second Amendment advocates and our ability to deliver on another public service at the Department. I’m incredibly proud of the dedicated staff at the Department of Justice. Throughout the implementation of the concealed carry law, employees were willing to adjust and go above and beyond to help us reach this point,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

The DOJ has received nearly 111,000 concealed carry applications since the law took effect November 1, 2011. Wisconsin’s handgun hotline, staffed by employees of the Crime Information Bureau of the DOJ’s Division of Law Enforcement Services, handled a record 88,895 calls in 2011. To date, February 2012 set the record for the highest number of calls to the hotline within a single month at 15,842. All registered firearm dealers are required to call the Handgun Hotline before transferring a handgun. More information about the Handgun Hotline is available at the following link: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/handgunhotline.asp

A video of Attorney General Van Hollen’s remarks from this morning is available at the following link:

AUDIT OF ILLINOIS’ FOID CARD PROGRAM SHOWS SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES

From State Rep. Rich Morthland –

MOLINE – Thursday, William Holland, Auditor General of the State of Illinois released the audit of the Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card Program pursuant to House Resolution 89, which was sponsored by State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova). Rep. Morthland introduced this legislation as a companion to House Bill 3500 that gained statewide notoriety for protecting the privacy of FOID cardholders in Illinois.
The Office of the Auditor General found “significant deficiencies” in the reporting of potentially disqualifying mental health conditions by circuit court clerks through the state. Notably, “…only 3 of the 102 circuit court clerks submitted mental health court orders.”  The report identified shortcomings of the Illinois State Police’s Firearm Services Bureau to respond to phone calls and applications due to understaffing. It was also reported that the State Police spent over $200,000 in overtime pay for three employees over the period of three years.  In light of these facts, the Illinois FOID card program is found to be severely limited in promoting and protecting public safety.

 
“The audit notes the inefficiencies of the entire process,” Morthland stated. “Let’s use this audit as a tool in cooperation with the Illinois State Police to streamline the bureaucracies behind the FOID card process from the application, to the mailing, to the screening of potential applicants.”

Morthland added, “We are exploring legislative options to apply the recommendations by the Auditor General and apply the principles of fiscal conservatism to this understaffed and failing governmental program.”
 
To read the full report and the recommendations visit: http://auditor.illinois.gov/