Illinois Will Allow Paper Applications for Concealed Carry Starting in July

SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Governor Quinn's administration says starting in July, paper applications for concealed carry permits will also be accepted.

Originally applications were only going to be accepted online.

The reversal comes after some state lawmakers complained that only allowing people to apply online would not be fair to some residents who either don't have access to computers or aren't comfortable using them.

Earlier this year, Illinois became the last state in the nation to make it legal to carry concealed weapons. An estimated 400,000 applicants are expected to apply for permits in the first year alone.

The online application process begins next month, however certified firearms instructors can now start applying for licenses.

The Illinois State Police say they opened the application process on Wednesday so instructors can apply in advance of the January 5th deadline.

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