As State police grapple with the roughly thousand applications a day they are receiving for concealed carry permits, local law enforcement agencies are also trying to get ready for the fast approaching day guns will appear legally on Illinois streets. WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Rick Bleichner, the head of the Police Department in the Town of Normal. Some things are ready to go, Bleichner says, and some are still in the air.
No matter which side of the concealed carry argument citizens take, they need to know the new rules. Those who plan to carry have to know the rules to get their permit. Heartland Community College is offering a three hour seminar next Wedneday evening to teach people who have NO plans to wear a gun in public about the changing landscape.. We continue with Charlie Schlenker's talk with the instructor of that course.
Again that Heartland Community College session on concealed carry is next Wednesday. There is a reservation fee. On a related note, the Bloomington Police Department is providing free firearm safety kits to residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe. The firearm safety kits include a gun lock and safety education brochure.The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The firearm safety kits can be picked up at the front desk of the Bloomington Police Department.
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