Last month, the Firearms Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Criminal Information Bureau issued its 300,000th concealed-carry permit since the state’s Right-to-Carry law was passed in 2011.
The department has reported record high levels of handgun hotline background check and concealed-carry applications in recent months, with no slowdown in sight. Since the first day of 2016, nearly 20,000 concealed-carry applications have been processed, while the handgun hotline completed more than 45,000 background checks. This is in contrast to the entire year of 2015, where 45,549 carry applications and 131,648 handgun hotline background checks were requested.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Scheme was quoted by local NBC 26 as saying, “The dedicated professionals at the Department of Justice have provided a safe, secure and efficient process for the issuance of concealed-carry permits since 2011 … Wisconsin has always had a rich tradition of firearms ownership, and I am proud to lead the agency that ensures law-abiding citizens can exercise their rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”
McAuliffe Lectures: Morning Show Comments On Virginia Shooting
“There are too many guns out in society today.”
That’s one of the first comments by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe concerning the recent shooting of a police officer in Richmond, Va. The governor was speaking on “Elliott in the Morning,” the early show on alternative rock station WWDC-FM from Washington, D.C., about Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer, who died from his injuries in a bus station shooting last Thursday. The suspect was a career criminal with multiple felony arrests and convictions and who was prohibited from possessing a gun. Yet McAuliffe, as usual, chose to blame guns and gun ownership instead of the violent criminal who killed the officer.
On April 1, McAuliffe appeared on the same controversial morning show to discuss his dinner with gun-banners Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, and largely talked of the need to create more restrictions against law-abiding gun owners. McAuliffe commented, “We’re all trying to get to a place with common-sense restrictions.”
There’s still no word on how blaming law-abiding gun owners for the bad deeds of career criminals is considered “common sense.”
Store Owner With Gun Stops Armed Robber
“The best thing I could do is take my gun out.”
Those were the immediate thoughts of Jorge Escobedo, owner of Nuevo Mexico grocery in Des Plaines, Ill., as a teen was attempting an armed robbery. The robber, dressed in a blue hoodie, had put candy on the counter and pulled a handgun.
According to the Daily Herald, the teen yelled, “Give me all of your money!”—first in English, then Spanish. But when the robber saw the owner pull his gun, he ran, with Escobedo firing three shots in while in pursuit. Police say the teen met a friend in a getaway car, and both were arrested soon after. The pair was charged with this armed robbery as well as two others the week before.
Since Escobedo opened the store a decade ago, he had never faced a robber. “I was prepared, but I never (thought) that was going to happen to me,”Escobedo said.