UPDATE: State Police Mail First Concealed Carry Permits

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois State Police officials say the first concealed carry licenses are being mailed.

Officials say the first permits are being sent to new license holders on Friday. Illinois State Police say they've approved 5,000 applications so far.

State Police Col. Marc Maton says state police have denied 300 applications and received objections from local law enforcement agencies on 800 applicants.

Maton says 46,000 applications have been received so far.

Illinois gun owners began applying for the permits in January after the state became the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed guns.

State officials believe as many as 400,000 people will apply for the concealed carry permits during the first year of the law.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois State Police officials say their agency is preparing to issue the state's first concealed carry permits.

Police are holding a news conference in downtown Chicago on Friday to provide an update about the soon-to-be-issued permits. They'll also show what a concealed carry license looks like.

Illinois gun owners began applying for the permits in January after the state became the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed guns. Police have been reviewing the applications.

By the end of January, more than 16,000 people had filed paperwork to get a license.

State officials believe as many as 400,000 people will apply for the concealed carry permits during the first year of the law.


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