Wisconsin A.G. Van Hollen Announces Concealed Carry Reciprocity List

On Nov. 1st Wisconsin will become the 49th state to legalize concealed carry.  In the words of Kool & the Gang, “cel-e-brate good times come on!”

In preparation for the flood of citizens expected to apply for a CCW permit, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen recently released the Badger State’s concealed carry reciprocity list along with an updated set of frequently asked questions which can be viewed here.

“This newly created page provides important updates, including a link to the emergency rules, application and training requirements information, and a model certificate to serve as a guide for instructors providing students with proof of training. Permit application forms will be made available online and by mail on November 1, 2011,” a Department of Justice announcement read.

As for the reciprocity list, here is a list of the state issued CCW permits that Wisconsin will recognize:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Permits issued by Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also will be recognized in Wisconsin.

Of course, if Congress passes the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, then all states will recognize each other’s concealed carry permits – however, all things considered, this bill remains a long shot.

Nevertheless, it’s good to know that Wisconsin has finally settled their CCW licensing policies and requirements.  It wasn’t easy.  In fact, with respect to the training requirements, Van Hollen and the NRA went back and forth quite a few times over what was considered appropriate.

Van Hollen ultimately determined that four hours of training would be appropriate to satisfy the legal language of the CCW law.  However, he exclaimed that he personally thought no training should be required.

“It is my personal belief that while individuals would be well served by receiving firearms safety instruction before carrying a weapon, the law should not mandate this instruction,” he wrote in a letter to the NRA. “My personal beliefs, however, are not relevant to my interpretation of the law.”

The NRA called this four-hour minimum requirement “draconian.”

In the end though, there’s no sense in squabbling over the details of a four-hour training requirement (it could be much worse).

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