Wis. get over 20,000 concealed carry applications

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice has received more than 20,000 applications to carry concealed handguns since a new state law took effect Tuesday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/vapNYk ) that data from the state Justice Department show that as of 4 p.m. Friday, 879 concealed carry licenses had been approved, while 117 were rejected.

Agency spokeswoman Dana Brueck says incomplete applicant data, insufficient training documentation or a missing payment are all reasons an application can be rejected.

The state has 45 days to issue a license once a valid application is received. Brueck says the Justice Department is working to make sure the deadline will be met.

State officials anticipate that as many as 200,000 applications could be submitted in the first few months.

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