On first day of online sign-up, 4,500 seek concealed carry permits

BY ELISE DISMER Staff Reporter

January 6, 2014 6:56PM

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Updated: February 8, 2014 6:32AM

SPRINGFIELD – On the first full day of an online sign-up, more than 4,500 concealed carry applicants gunned it to a state website to register for state permits, the Illinois State Police confirmed Monday.

Authorities have estimated 350,000 to 400,000 people will sign up for permits to carry their handguns in public within the first year of the law’s passing — close to 1,000 people a day.

On Sunday, the day when the State Police opened registration to all concealed carry applicants, 4,525 applied for their permits.

State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said it’s too early to tell if the daily number of applications will stay at that level.

“It’s the first official day of registration,” she said. “We’ll have to give it some time so we can get a baseline of how the numbers will fluctuate.”

Illinois is the last state to allow concealed carry. Legislators passed the law last summer after a federal appeals court ruled the state ban unconstitutional.

Just because a gun owner registered for a concealed carry permit doesn’t mean he or she automatically will get it. Local police and county sheriffs can lodge objections to any applicants they believe pose a threat to themselves or others.

Including Sunday’s total, Bond said more than 11,000 people have signed up because of an early application process that began Dec. 18 and that was open to firearm instructors.

“So far, we’re pleased with the process,” Bond said. “The early application process allowed us to work out several issues.”

Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said gun owners have contacted him about minor glitches in the system — mainly coding and digital ID errors.

“There have been a lot of small problems, but the good thing is there’s an open line of communication with the Illinois State Police,” he said. “They’re being very responsive.”

Although Vandermyde has yet to register himself, he said he would have preferred filling out a paper application rather than the digital version everyone is required to use.

Applications are available online at https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx

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