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Attorney General explains concealed carry training rules to National Rifle Association


UNDATED (WSAU) Wisconsin’s attorney general has given the National Rifle Association his reasoning behind the rules drafted for the new concealed weapons law. The N-R-A loudly protested after J-B Van Hollen’s Justice Department ordered a four-hour training requirement for concealed weapons permits. The N-R-A also took issue with making trainers sign certificates for those taking courses – and it said the background checks Wisconsin requires would not let weapons’ holders in 20 other states do the same in the Badger State.

The N-R-A was among the most ardent supporters of the concealed carry law which takes effect November first. It’s also one of the biggest supporters of Republicans, including Van Hollen. And in his letter to the N-R-A, he said he personally would not require any training – but he’s only interpreting the law as narrowly as possible to carry out what the Legislature intended.

Lawmakers did not specify a time length for weapons’ training. Republican Governor Scott Walker said he grudgingly accepted the rules so the law isn’t held up November first – but he said he’ll seek changes once the law’s permanent rules are adopted.