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Gun group sues Wis. AG over concealed carry rules

UPDATED Thursday, June 27, 2013 --- 3:49 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Justice has moved a lawsuit over concealed carry class sizes to federal court.

DOJ regulations require a concealed carry applicant to prove they've taken a hunter's safety course, been discharged from the military, received small-arms military training or gone through an instructor-led training course. The rules mandate a 50-to-one student-teacher ratio in instructor-led classes but don't impose any ratios on the other courses.

Gun rights group Wisconsin Carry Inc. sued DOJ in Waukesha County this month arguing the instructor-led ratio violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection language since other forms of training don't have to abide by such ratios.

Defendants can move civil suits dealing with federal law into federal court. DOJ filed notice Thursday with the Eastern District of Wisconsin it was exercising that right.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, June 14, 2013 --- 2:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A gun rights group has filed a lawsuit against Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen alleging his state Justice Department's concealed carry rules limit training class sizes.

DOJ adopted permanent rules enacting Wisconsin's concealed carry law on June 1. The rules require concealed carry permit applicants to show proof they've taken a hunter's safety course, been discharged from the military or an instructor-led firearms course. The rules limit the size of courses to one instructor for every 50 students.

Waukesha-based Wisconsin Carry, Inc. filed a lawsuit Thursday contending its training courses routinely exceed the 50:1 student-instructor ratio and shrinking its classes would be a waste of its resources. The group alleges DOJ exceeded its authority when it set the ratio.

A DOJ spokeswoman declined comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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