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Wisconsin Sees Surge in Gun Ownership

State's new conceal carry law and Sandy Hook school shooting prompts increase in calls to background check hotline, newspaper reports.

When Wisconsin's conceal carry law took effect in November 2011, gun sales in the state jumped. And the trend continued throughout 2012, according to reporting by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A Dec. 27 story reported the background check hotline for handgun purchases has handled 60 percent more calls in 2012 over 2011. At that time, the newspaper reported, "the hotline handled 132,940 calls. For all of 2011, it received 88,895 calls."

Part of that number, the Journal Sentinel reported, was a spike in interest in buying guns after the Sandy Hook school shooting, when more than 2,000 additional calls went to the hotline in the week after the shooting compared to the week before.

In November, the JS reported on the steady boost in gun sales on the one-year anniversary of when concealed carry became legal in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice told Patch that there have been 164,788 concealed carry applications submitted, and 149,055 licenses approved since the law took effect.

Walmart stores in some states reporting they sold out of semi-automatic rifles in the days after the Sandy Hook shooting. But that shooting also prompted some retailers to take certain gun models off the shelves.

Interested in buying a gun?

There are stores, like The Shooters Shop (http://www.shootersshop.com) and Shorty's Shooting Sports (http://shortysshootingsports.com) in West Allis, and Waukesha's Fletcher Arms (http://www.fletcherarms.com), that specialize in firearms. Guns may also be purchased at Gander Mountain, Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods stores.

Private sales of firearms are legal in Wisconsin, and this could be at a gun show http://gunshowtrader.com/gunshows/wisconsin or through a classified ad, like you can find at armslist.com.

Highlights of Wisconsin firearms laws

  • As of Nov. 1, 2011, Wisconsin residents became eligible to apply for a license to carry a concealed weapon.
  • Weapons are prohibited in courthouses, police stations, prisons and jails, mental health treatment facilities, airports and schools, as well as on properties where owners have posted signs prohibiting firearms.
  • Training is required, like the Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety program, firearms safety or training course, or through military, law enforcement or security employment training.
  • There is a 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.
FreeThought Troy January 08, 2013 at 07:39 PM
A personal attack coming from a radical conservative… shocking!
scot January 08, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Warning Will Robinson!
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 08, 2013 at 08:00 PM
The key is to get the ones with the serial numbers on them.
Bren January 08, 2013 at 08:30 PM
All I can "say" is that the more guns in circulation, the greater the opportunity for criminals, gangs, and mentally unstable individuals (i.e. folks we do not want to have guns) to get their hands on a weapon, legally or otherwise. Neither Alexander McQueen or Givenchy (my designers of choice) offer a bullet-proof jacket, though Givenchy does have a rather nice army duffle bag in flat cammo green... Well, I'll keep shopping for a vest, hopefully before I'm shot.
CowDung January 08, 2013 at 08:37 PM
You're getting a bit dramatic with your fear mongering, Bren...
Wanda Williams January 08, 2013 at 08:50 PM
What has the armed man to fear?
FreeThought Troy January 08, 2013 at 08:52 PM
... another armed man with a better gun & the suprise first move?
Wanda Williams January 08, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Dick's and Walmar[k] out of business: This is good news for me, as I have been hard-pressed to replace the 73 ARs I've sold since Ubama's reelection. As cosmetic assault weapon production reaches wartime levels, I stand a better chance of restocking if the evil BIG CORPORATIONS are no longer competing with me for this high-demand product.
FreeThought Troy January 08, 2013 at 08:54 PM
I know all the NRA folks are freaking out, now. But I am honestly telling you that nothing will happen. Congress will be arguing about other things and the NRA lobby will make sure the whole issue is never heard from again.
CowDung January 08, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I guess lobby groups are only bad if you don't agree with their position...
Fred van der Wal January 08, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Men buys weapons out of fear for other men buying more weapons. Men without weapons don't walk in fear for they have no one to fear.
Bren January 08, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Tell that to my uncle, Cow. Oh wait, he's dead, shot dead at point blank range in a coffee shop, not by the armed robber, but by the guy behind the counter who pulled out a gun and started firing. Craig, I hope not. FreeThought, you are probably right. But at least some people have actually looked at the entire Second Amendment, which hasn't happened in a while.
Fred van der Wal January 08, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Anyone anywhere, who carries a gun in public, must either be in huge danger, be extremely stupid, or be an absolute shameful coward. There is no other reason to want to carry a gun in a civilized country.
CowDung January 08, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Most police officers consider it to be part of the job...
CowDung January 08, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Was your uncle shot by one of the 'criminals, gangs, and mentally unstable individuals (i.e. folks we do not want to have guns) that you mentioned as the reason for your search for a 'designer' bullet proof vest?
CowDung January 08, 2013 at 10:24 PM
...are you going to let the members of the Milwaukee police department know that they are "absolute shameful cowards"?
Fred van der Wal January 08, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Cowards hide behind a gun. A real man can walk the streets without fear. Its done in the UK, Australia, Germany, France, and dozens of others, all the time. A man should never become so fearful that he needs to have a gun to feel safe. Keep fit and learn to fight. That's what men with balls do.
CowDung January 08, 2013 at 10:36 PM
James Bond has balls... ...and a gun.
CowDung January 08, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Perhaps British police should think a bit more about their decision not to carry guns... "With flowers, prayers and heartfelt messages of thanks, Britain united yesterday to pay tribute to two policewomen gunned down in the line of duty." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2204991/Dale-Cregan-arrest-Witness-saw-gunman-kill-PCs-Fiona-Bone-32-Nicola-Hughes-23.html
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 08, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Fred you might want to go to the Google machine and look up gun crimes in the UK and get back to us. Bans don't work. I agree though, guns are uncivilized in duels. Fisticuffs all the way.
c January 08, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Fred, walk down the ghetto at 2:00 am, with your white face showing and no gun. Please, do us a favor and show us how "brave" you are. You'll deserve what happens to you. Weak effeminate eurotrash.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 09, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I won't even go cross the county line to test that.
AWD January 09, 2013 at 02:38 AM
These gun control Progressives conflate fear with opposition. They love to say we whites are fearful in place of engaging our arguments, and in doing so attempt to pathologize us = Cultural Obama Marxism 101. I know facts won't persuade the totalitarian Progressives but they do help to neutralize their propaganda among the uncommitted sections of the population, and strengthen public resistance.
WPN1488 January 09, 2013 at 05:01 AM
The more I read about Sandy Hook the more I believe the Obama Regime are capable of pure evil and will stop at nothing to get their radical agenda through. I have a feeling America is about to experience some serious buyer’s remorse about the decision they made last November 6th.
Keith Schmitz January 09, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Generally describes why guns are needed in the first place for guys like you in lieu of gentiles.
Keith Schmitz January 09, 2013 at 06:57 PM
The President and others are responding to the spectacle of bullet riddled kids. If that's pure evil, you have no soul, brain, morality, guts... Thanks to this discussion, once again this confirms why Patch has become a sewer.
Keith Schmitz January 09, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Here idiots, learn something. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-8-2013/scapegoat-hunter---gun-control?xrs=eml_tds
Candy Galore January 11, 2013 at 05:03 AM
I thought you were going to present something better than Jon ranting, with your bold "here idiots, learn something" introduction... You seem pretty angry, almost like you might want to shoot somebody...
Candy Galore January 11, 2013 at 05:08 AM
and I'm confused about your earlier comment..."Generally describes why guns are needed in the first place for guys like you in lieu of gentiles." there are gentiles everywhere, gentiles and non-gentiles (if that's a word) own guns

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