Gun group sues Wis. AG over concealed carry rules

CREATED Jun 14, 2013

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  • A police officer shows the 45 caliber handgun and hollow point bullets found in the magazine Thursday, June 6th, 2013 in Milwaukee. The gun had been tossed out a second story window when cops knocked on a suspects door after finding cocaine in baggies in his driveway. MARK FELIX / MFELIX@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Felix - Journal Sentinel

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's permanent rules enacting Wisconsin's concealed carry law took effect 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.