Illinois State Police prepare to issue
first round of approved concealed carry licenses
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[March 03, 2014]
Illinois State Police have
announced that 5,000 Concealed Carry License (CCL) 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.
"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 Colonel Marc Maton said.
Illinois State Police representatives were joined today 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.
Officials provided the first glimpse of the actual license, which is
approximately three by two inches and is centered with an ISP
Each Concealed Carry License application
requires the applicant to possess a valid Firearms Owner’s
Identification card (FOID), or to apply for a FOID in conjunction
with the CCL, to begin the application process. Background checks
are simultaneously conducted by State Police while local law
enforcement agencies review the applications for objections.
Once objections are compiled, the CCLRB has 30
days to review the 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 CCLRB determines that the
applicant poses a danger to him/herself or threat to public safety,
State Police must notify the applicant in writing of the denial.
All final administrative decisions are subject to judicial review
under the provisions of the Administrative Review law.
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Since the process began, State Police have received more than 50,000
applications and objected to more than 800. To date, no objection
has been appealed.
"Our diverse investigative, legal, and mental
health experience provides this important process and applicants
with a fair path to obtaining a concealed carry license," CCLRB
Chair Robinzina Bryant said. "The board will use every resource and
necessary time extension to ensure that the reviews have been
conducted fairly and thoroughly."
Visit the State Police Concealed Carry website
http://www.isp.state.il.us/ for the latest updates on the
Illinois Concealed Carry program.
[Text received from ILLINOIS STATE
POLICE MEDIA RELATIONS]