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Gun Sales Up Thanks To Wisconsin's New Concealed Carry Law


MADISON, Wis. (WHBL) - Sales of hand-guns have gone up steadily in the days after Wisconsin's new concealed weapons law took effect.

In northeast Wisconsin, shop owner Dan Gussert has seen a 25-percent jump in handgun sales since November first when the concealed carry law took effect. And the state Justice Department has had a 42-percent increase in calls to the hotline that gun dealers must use before they can sell weapons to prospective buyers. Gussert, who owns stores in Green Bay and Suamico, says most of his recent sales were for compact pistols -- the lighter weapons that can easily fit in a pocket-or-purse. Gussert says his sales have actually gone up since the concealed carry law was passed in the spring.

The state hotline's busiest month was in March -- two months before legislators approved the measure. The hotline got 78-hundred calls in March.