Yesterday, Thursday, June 5, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) issued Concealed Carry Permit #1 for a retired investigator. For some time there has been confusion in the Badger State over whether or not law enforcement agencies had the authority to issue permits under House Resolution 218, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, which enables off duty and retired law enforcement to carry concealed firearms. Because of two vetoes of the Wisconsin Personal Protection Act by Governor Jim Doyle (D), Wisconsin is only one of two remaining states that do not recognize some form of concealed carry for law-abiding citizens. This issuance is a giant step forward in the right direction for law-abiding citizens of Wisconsin to carry concealed firearms for self-defense.
With Governor Doyle still in office, the fight toward concealed carry will be won one step at a time. Please contact Attorney General Van Hollen at (608) 266-1221 and thank him for stepping up to the plate and issuing the permit.