Wis. concealed-carry fans turn to hunting classes

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials are concerned that people who want concealed-weapon permits are satisfying the training requirement by taking hunter-education classes.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the hunting classes weren't intended to cover concealed-carry issues.

The concealed-carry law takes effect Nov. 1. Under the law, residents who can prove they've completed training can apply for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

The state hasn't released specific requirements for firearm training, but the law says a DNR-established class on hunter education would qualify.

DNR spokesman Edward Culhane has doubts. He says hunter-education classes aren't an appropriate substitute for concealed-carry training. He says there's a difference between hunter safety and self-defense, and also between firing rifles or shotguns and firing handguns.

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