My husband was charged with a misdemeanor disorderly conduct but it was expunged from his record a few years ago. The situation at the time was blown way out of proportion but he was arrested anyway. The officer took his CCL card and now he's wondering if he can get it back or has to take the CCL class all over again.
Actually, the Wisconsin Supreme Court JUST decided a case recently in which they said that expunged crimes "does not invalidate the conviction." As a result of this, Attorney General Josh Kaul has stated that in his legal opinion he (and by "he", I mean the Department of Justice, which is who hands out CCW permits) cannot issue CCW permits to those with expunged convictions on their record, and has urged the legislature to revise legislation to allow him to do so. A failure to do that would result in him having to go back and revoke previously issued ones and stop issuing new ones for people in your husband's situation.
Do I think that's fair? Well, I disagree with AG Kaul's opinion, but I can at least see his logic. Do I think the legislature will change the laws to allow it? Depends on whether you think the support of gun rights trumps their partisan dislike of the AG, but I think it will. But until then I don't think your husband will get very far applying for it.
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