|State formulating permit applications for concealed carry|
|Written by Dennis HInes/Stateline News|
|Monday, 29 August 2011 15:16|
Lawrence Addie of Addie’s Firearms in Janesville demonstrates how a trigger lock works on a pistol. Gun owners will need to complete training and apply for a permit before being able to legally carry a concealed weapon when the law goes into effect Nov. 1, 2011. Terry Mayer/staff
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BELOIT — As one might expect, Larry Ladwig, a member of the Beloit Izaak Walton League, is in favor of Wisconsin’s concealed carry gun law. But more importantly, he says, the license holders need to have proper training.
The organization promotes outdoor conservation and the Beloit Chapter operates a trap shooting range off Prairie Avenue on the north side of the city.
“I believe it’s a good idea, as long as there’s training and education, because firearms can be deadly,” Ladwig said. “I’ve used them all my life, but I believe there has to be education.”
Wisconsin’s concealed carry act doesn’t go into effect until Nov. 1, and the state Department of Justice, which will issue the permits, is still in the process of developing the license applications. Applications will be available on its website on or about Nov. 1.
Wisconsin residents may not apply for a license until that time, and one of the key requirements to obtain the Carrying Concealed Weapon license will be proof that the applicant has received an approved form of firearms training.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, adequate proof of training may include:
-- A hunter education program established by the Department of Natural Resources
-- Firearm safety or training course conducted by a state or national organization
-- Public firearm training course offered by a law enforcement agency
-- Firearm safety training taught by a certified instructor at a college, university, firearms safety school or public or private institution
-- Firearm safety course offered to law enforcement officers
-- Firearm safety course that is conducted by a firearms instructor who is certified by a national or state organization and who is certified by the Department of Justice.
The Beloit Izaak Walton League plans to offer a hunting safety course next spring. Shannon Ladwig, treasurer for the club, said the training will show participants how to properly use a firearm and the different components of a firearm.
“We go into all the parts of a gun, how to fire ammunition and proper carrying techniques,” Shannon Ladwig said. “We teach hunter ethics, when to shoot and when not to shoot.”
Although the group promotes nature sports and outdoor conservation, members are split over the controversial law, just as residents were statewide before the law was passed in July.
Shannon Ladwig said some are in favor of it, and some are against it.
“We’ve talked about it. Some think it’s a good idea, and some think it’s a bad idea,” Shannon Ladwig said. “We’re reviewing the requirements, so we can cover the basics in the education.”
Addie’s Firearms Training and Supplies in Janesville offers concealed carry training. Lawrence Addie, owner of Addie’s Firearms, said more residents have expressed an interest in purchasing a firearm and receiving training since the law was adopted.
“Interest has gone up a lot,” Addie said. “Interest in training has gone up. Everything as far as interests in guns is going up right now.”
Addie said he feels the concealed carry law will help reduce crime in the state.
“Every state that has adopted the law, the crime rate has gone down,” Addie said.
“People feel safer when they are out and about. I know I will feel safer when I’m walking around.”
Dam Road Gun Shop in Delavan provides information about upcoming gun safety courses on its website, www.damroadgunshop.net.
Michael Palenske, owner of Dam Road Gun Shop, said he encourages residents to obtain training if they want to carry a firearm.
Palenske said he also feels the concealed carry law will help reduce crime in the state.
“It’s going to make the punks think twice. They’re not going to know who has a gun or who doesn’t have a gun,” Palenske said. “I think crime will go down like it has everywhere else (where a concealed carry law has been approved).”
Bob Biermann, Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club member, of Rockford said he and other members of his club would like a concealed carry law to be enacted in Illinois, which is the only state in the country that does not have such a law.
“It’s something we talk about all the time,” Biermann said. “I’m a member of a gun club that has 300 members strong, and we would all like to see it. It’s definitely something we would like to see in Illinois.”
The Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club conducts a gun and knife show every year.
Biermann said he is not certain whether the concealed carry law in Wisconsin will attract more customers to the event.
“People in Wisconsin don’t like our gun laws,” Biermann said. “They can’t take (the firearm) with them. They would have to pick it up at a shop in Wisconsin. But they don’t like coming here, because there are too many hoops for them to jump through.”
|Last Updated on Monday, 29 August 2011 15:26|