Wis. panel approves more workers to process conceal carry applications

State Department of Justice deluged with permit applications
Wis. panel approves more workers to process conceal carry applications

The Legislature’s finance committee has approved a state Department of Justice request for another $788,600 to hire more workers to process concealed carry applications.

DOJ has been grappling with a deluge of permit applications since the Republican-authored concealed carry legislation took effect in November. As of mid-June the agency was receiving more than 2,000 applications per week.

The agency asked the Joint Finance Committee for permission to spend $788,548 from application revenue to hire eight more two-year workers, a new firearms unit supervisor and additional office supplies.

Committee members had until Monday to object to the request. The panel’s Republican co-chairs, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Robin Vos, said in a letter Tuesday that no one had objected and the request was approved.

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