Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Is your CWP info confidential?

You probably think your application and file information for your concealed carry permit are private. Right? But how would you know if it is being released to nosy people? You wouldn't.

According to this blog in Wisconsin,, the sheriff of Racine County may be disclosing protected information. And doing so in violation of DOJ guidelines.

I can't explain why the author of that article mentions Appleton and Ashland, which are well outside Racine County, which is south of Milwaukee. But perhaps the good Sheriff of Racine County believes he can release any State of Wisconsin concealed-carry records, not just Racine County residents.

If you wonder whether your own records can be released, file a FOIA Request with your own sheriff's department. Have someone else request your records. A sheriff's department will be in a Catch-22 situation. If they are releasing the records but lie and say they aren't, that will bite them where it hurts, when the truth comes out. If they are releasing them and tell the truth, then it's time for law-abiding registrants to haul them into court.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Expect new Medicare card

If you are receiving Medicare benefits, expect to receive a new Medicare card between April 2018 and April 2019.

Your previous card is being replaced with a new card that will not have your Social Security Number on it. The new card will have a distinct number on it that will become your identifying number for Medicare purposes. (Wasn't your Social Security Number your number?)

If you have moved, check and update the address in your Social Security account at or call 800/722-1213 (TTY 800/325-0778).