MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It was 23 months ago when Wisconsin legalized the carrying of concealed weapons for law-abiding citizens who get state permits.
Tuesday, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the 200,000th permit, issued Monday in Madison.
The Justice Department was overwhelmed with permit requests in the months after concealed carry took effect. Now, Van Hollen says his office gets 500 to 1,000 permit applications each week -- and most are processed in less than a week.
It took more than a year to adopt permanent rules for the law. Van Hollen said one of those rules dropped the cost of the permit applications from $50 to $40. Also, sales from handgun dealers still appear to be on the rise since concealed carry began.
Registered dealers are required to report gun sales to the state's Handgun Hotline. That hotline has had 107,000 calls this year, which is on pace for 142,000 calls for the year. That would break last year's record of 138,000.