Illinoisans can start applying for permits to carry concealed guns later this week. Some cops are already worried about the new law. Colonel Marc Maton is with the Illinois State Police.
Maton says people who already took the required 16-hour training course and have electronic fingerprints can apply online starting Thursday. General application begins Sunday. People will NOT be allowed to carry concealed guns in many public spaces - including schools, public transit and stadiums. You might have some work to do if you plan to apply online for a concealed carry permit starting Sunday. First, you need 16 hours of state-certified gun training, and a valid firearm owners I-D card. You can get your fingerprints scanned electronically to speed up the process - but you MUST catalogue all home addresses over the last decade for a background check. Maton says when it comes to exactly how many people will apply...
Maton says the first concealed carry permits could begin going out in mid January. Illinois was the last state in the country to legalize concealed carry - and it only did so after a federal judge said it had to.
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