Concealed Carry Training Courses Pop Up

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To accommodate Wisconsinites applying for a concealed carry permit, classes are popping up throughout the area.

Tuesday night in Rib Mountain, a few people met to get the required training.

Concealed carry doesn't go into effect until November, but many are taking the necessary steps to make sure they will be ready.

Equip 2 Conceal Firearms Group is teaching one of the area's first concealed carry training courses since Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law earlier this month.

"I think people definitely need to understand the safety and how to properly operate a firearm and most importantly is the ramification involved if it comes time for them to have to use that," said Rob Shewmake, the group's director of operations.

Most of the course covers basic firearms safety, but it's also catered specifically to concealed carry.

To get the permit, people must take a firearms safety course from a certified instructor. Hunter safety courses apply.

After getting the training certificate, applicants must send a copy along with $50 to the Department of Justice. After a background check is completed, they'll be issued a five-year multi-state permit.

The Equip 2 Conceal courses will take place in Wausau Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Inn. Another training is scheduled for Saturday, July 30th in Merrill at Backwater Sports.

The firearms group is also planning to hold women's only concealed carry courses, but so far haven't gotten enough interest. The courses cost $99.

Wisconsin is the 49th state to legalize concealed carry.