Celebrating Our Constitutional Right

Friday, November 11, 2016

Last week marked the five year anniversary of the issuance of Wisconsin’s first Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) license. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites have been issued a concealed carry license. Currently, there are 319,770 valid CCW licenses held by citizens in our state.


Handgun Hotline checks and CCW applications have been at record high levels this year. To date, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Information Bureau (CIB) has processed 39,492 new CCW applications and 132,470 background checks for handgun transfers by Wisconsin firearms dealers in 2016. By comparison, at this time last year, the Firearms Unit processed 32,449 new CCW applications and handled 103,418 requests for Handgun Hotline background checks. Despite increased volume of CCW applications, the DOJ has maintained an average turnaround of six days for new CCW license applications.


DOJ is proud to provide a safe, secure, and efficient process for both the application and renewal of concealed carry licenses via the DOJ website. The CCW website also allows users to update their address or name, request a replacement license, and/or check the status of an application. 


Wisconsin has a proud sporting heritage and rich tradition of firearms ownership, and I am proud to lead the agency committed to ensuring law abiding citizens can exercise their Second Amendment Rights by carrying concealed.


Please visit the DOJ website for a list of frequently asked questions about the CCW license.