ISP approves concealed carry applications

Illinois State Police on Friday announced that 5,000 concealed carry license applications have been approved and are ready to be printed and mailed.

The department will begin mailing the licenses and will continue to issue licenses as they are approved. Concealed carry licenses will be printed and mailed on a daily basis.

Each concealed carry license application requires the applicant to possess a valid firearm owners identification card to begin the application process. Background checks are simultaneously conducted while local law enforcement agencies review the applications for objections.

Once objections are compiled, a review board has 30 days to review information regarding any application that has not been statutorily denied by the ISP.

If the ISP determines there is a statutory reason to deny or the review board determines that the applicant poses a danger, police must notify the applicant in writing of the denial.

Since the process began, ISP has received more than 50,000 applications and objected to more than 800. To date, no objection has been appealed.

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