First batch of concealed carry permits approved, mailed

Illinois concealed carry license sample.
Illinois concealed carry license sample.

Online Staff Report

The Illinois State Police has printed and mailed more than than 5,000 concealed carry licenses (CCL).

The agency said the process is moving along as expected, according the law and state police guidelines.

Illinois State Police representatives were joined Friday, Feb. 28,  by Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, Sen. Gary Forby D-Benton, Illinois Association Chiefs of Police Executive Director John Kennedy, and Concealed Carry License Review Board (CCLRB) Chair Robinzina Bryant as they announced the mailing of the first batch of licenses.

“This collaborative process offers the multiple layers of scrutiny envisioned by the legislature, and we believe that the law enforcement objections provide for enhanced  public safety,” State Police Col. Marc Maton said.

Officials provided the first glimpse of the actual license, which is approximately three by two inches and is centered with an ISP security hologram.

Concealed Carry Licenses will be printed and mailed on a daily basis. More than 400,000 CCL applications are expected to be processed by the end of the year.

A federal ruling dictated Illinois enact a concealed carry law by July 9, 2013. The ruling came after the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 11, 2012, that the state’s ban on carrying a weapon in public was unconstitutional. Illinois is the last state in the nation to enact a concealed carry law.

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