Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to talk to the Legislature about making sure state police have enough resources at their disposal to deal with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. It remains to be seen how State Police can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards already awaiting approval. Police estimate there will be 400,000 applications for ``carry'' permits in the first year. Quinn says he wants to make sure police are able to do their jobs. In July Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow residents to carry concealed weapons.
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