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Gun permit numbers reach six-digit benchmark

Wisconsin will print its 100,000th concealed weapons permit the morning of April 20. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen marked the occasion by holding a news conference while the document was being printed.

It was last November when Wisconsin became the second-to-last state to allow law-abiding citizens to carry hidden weapons with the proper permits. Those 21 and older who receive training can get permits for the concealed carrying of handguns, knives, and short-range stun guns.

Officials expect over 200,000 permits to be in force at any one time. There has also been an increase in handgun sales, as evidenced by the number of calls to the Justice Department's handgun hotline. All registered gun dealers have to call the hotline before selling a gun. And there were a record 89,000 calls last year.