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The number of people in Illinois applying for Firearm Owner Identification or FOID cards, has reached a record high.

More and more people are attending concealed carry permit classes to get licenses to use in other states.

Gun advocates say it's all in anticipation of a federal mandate requiring Illinois to pass its own concealed carry law.

Illinois lawmakers have until June 9, 2013, to get a concealed carry law in the books. Otherwise, Constitutional Carry will take effect, potentially allowing anyone with a FOID card to carry a gun.

"If we do not get something done by the June 9th deadline, Constitutional Carry then comes into effect which means you do not have to have education, all you have to have is a FOID card to legally carry in the State of Illinois," says State Representative, Mike Smiddy of Hillsdale, Ill.

Before the federal mandate came down, Illinois State Police processed just over 31,000 FOID card applications in December 2012.

After federal courts decided Illinois had to have a concealed carry law, that number nearly doubled as the agency received more than 61,000 applications, a record high.