Wis. concealed carry permits approach 243,000

Nearly 243,000 people in Wisconsin hold a permit to carry a concealed gun.

A report from the state Department of Justice says about 34,000 permits were issued in 2014 — the third full year after the concealed carry law was approved by legislators.

There was a rush of applications after Wisconsin became the 49th state to allow concealed weapons in 2011. The new numbers show a much slower pace now for obtaining a permit.

The Journal Sentinel says the DOJ’s report shows several thousand applications were rejected or revoked last year for a variety of reasons. They include a felony conviction, a domestic violence conviction or mental incompetence. Hundreds of permits were revoked because the holder no longer lives in Wisconsin.