LOVES PARK (WIFR) – The process to carry weapons in public in Illinois is moving forward. Today is the first day certified firearms instructors can apply for their concealed carry license.
“State police will issue my permit within 90 days pending all information is accurate and meets state requirements.”
Kap Guns owner Kenny Polhamus is now registered to get his concealed carry license. He filled out the online application that nearly 2,000 other certified instructors have early access to.
“I think they have seen all the problems the Obamacare website was having and that’s why they’re doing this rollout. Put it on a small scale with just instructors to see how it can handle it.”
Justine Beaman is racking up hours at the range for her concealed carry class so she can get her permit.
“It makes me feel safer, it’s also a hobby of mine.”
Instructors say concealed carry is just a precaution. They only shoot if they have to.
“There are multiple stories every day where a guy with a concealed carry weapon has thwarted a crime or saved somebody’s life,” said Beamon.
That could soon be the case in Illinois. State police are expected to process more than $400,000 applications during the first year. The general public can apply on January 5th.
There are training requirements to get a concealed carry license. For all the details visit the Illinois State Police website.