From “NTC set to offer concealed carry courses” — Northcentral Technical College is gearing up to offer firearm training courses for people who want to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. NTC officials say their courses will begin once the Wisconsin Department of Justice finalizes the specific information required from courses in order to receive a permit.

Proposed criteria for the training includes proper weapon-handling safety rules and skills, the legal issues associated with the use of deadly force and proper decision-making skills when using a weapon in self defense.

NTC will use state-of-the-art weapons simulation technology to help students learn decision-making skills, exposing participants to realistic encounters that entail using a weapon in self defense. For more details, people may call Bryce Kolpack, NTC dean of Public Safety, at 715-803-1708 or

From “Concealed Carry Training classes filling up fast” —  Two months before the concealed carry law goes into effect, trainers are having hard time keeping up with the demand for classes.

“Within two days, our initial classes were full,” said Brian Dorow, the dean of Criminal Justice at Waukesha County Technical College.

The school has now sold out 27 training sessions through the end of the year, and it is planning to add more soon.

The classes are the first step to be allowed to carry a concealed weapon.

Dorow says the collge’s six-hour, $85 class focuses on knowing the law, gun safety techniques and decision making.

“Because the minute you pull the trigger, there are serious ramifications that may occur if it’s not the right decision,” Dorow said.

Classes are being offered at technical colleges, sporting goods stores and shooting ranges all over the state, but the Greenfield Police Department is taking the unusual step of offering its own classes.

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From the Journal Times: “Gateway dealing with new concealed carry, voter ID laws” — RACINE – The state’s concealed carry law has passed and been signed. So has the voter ID law.

Now the next step happens. They soon go into effect and officials at Gateway Technical College, for one, must figure out how to deal with the implications of the laws.

“We have to go through and revise our existing policies,” said Dennis Sherwood, Gateway’s director of safety and security.

The concealed carry law, making it legal to carry concealed in public places, goes into effect Nov. 1. Sherwood does not yet have any official policy that he will be putting in place, but likely, he will be putting up signs at all doors prohibiting concealed weapons in buildings.

“It’s an educational institution so obviously we are concerned about the learning environment. We want to make sure everyone is comfortable in the learning environment,” Sherwood said. That means no weapons in the classrooms and college buildings, he said.

But outside the classroom, in the parking lot and lawn areas, they don’t have the ability to prohibit weapons, he said.

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