Illinois State Police say they’re ready to begin processing concealed carry applications. For some, that process has already begun, as about 900 firearms instructors across the state were allowed to submit their applications early in order to test the website. As for how many applications will roll in once site is opened to the general public on Sunday, Illinois State Police Col. Mark Maton can only guess.
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“We don’t know,” Maton said. “We’ve been working throughout the bill negotiation process with a number of (300,000) to 400,000.” In order to get a license, applicants will need to have completed 16 hours of training, have a valid FOID card, and obtain a digital state ID. Once that’s done, Illinois State Police Lt. Col. Mark Davis says filling out the application shouldn’t take long.
“Under 10 minutes, if all the technical requirements have been met,” Davis said. Once the application is in, it could take up to 120 days for processing, unless applicants submit electronic fingerprints, in which case they could be approved within 90 days.