Springfield (AP) -- The Illinois State Police
continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it
remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to
carry concealed weapons.
The department has
49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.
A new law allows the
carrying of concealed weapons. Police estimate there'll be 400,000 applications
for "carry" permits in the first year. Police spokeswoman Monique
Bond says the department could add nearly 100 employees to help.
The department is
currently approving instructors. Officials have OK'd 750. Bond says hundreds
more could be approved this week.
Bond says rules for
training should be out this week.
This year, Illinois became the last
state nationwide to legalize concealed carry.
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