Illinois gun owners can soon carry their weapons in public. Illinois State Police officials say they are mailing out the first concealed carry permits to gun owners who applied.They say about 5-thousand people should receive them as soon as next week, with another 46-thousand applications pending. Brandon Phelps is a state representative who negotiated the new law.
"This is new to Illinois, but not new to the country. We're the last state to do this. 49 other states already have a concealed carry process and not one of them has ever repealed their law. So we think this will work."
Local police officials across the state have objected to about 800 people who applied for concealed carry permits. The new Illinois law prohibits concealed weapons on playgrounds, government buildings, buses, and trains.
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