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Illinois sees 11,000 concealed carry applications

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois officials say they’ve received more than 11,000 applications for concealed carry permits.

The online application system to apply for permits was officially launched in Illinois on Sunday. On Monday, Illinois State Police said they had received 4,525 applications for concealed carry permits within 24 hours. The other 6,500 applications came from firearms instructors who the state let apply early for permits to help test the functionality of the online application system.

 In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve legislation allowing residents to carry concealed weapons.

 Illinois lawmakers have projected there will be between 350,000 and 400,000 applications for permits this year.

 State Police have up to 90 days to approve or deny applicants, provided their applications are complete.

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