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Start of Concealed Carry in Illinois

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5,000 people in Illinois were eager to get  their mail today.

The first round of cards were mailed out and state police say hundreds more are being approved every day. 


But Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd says things just might be moving too quickly. 
Boyd says his deputies should be ready to handle people on the street who are carrying concealed weapons legally.

But it's the people who shouldn't be getting a license who are making him nervous.
Local authorities are allowed to see who is applying for a license and how the state police are going to decide who gets one.
But those same local departments can object to anyone from their jurisdiction getting a license.
Rock island county is in the middle of an objection right now.  

But how do state police view those recommendations?

Right now, nobody is sure. 

"We don't really know the criteria the state police is using to issue the license," Sheriff Boyd explains. "So that's kind of a free for all right now. This particular case, we feel this person shouldn't have a license. But we'll find out. We'll find out if the sate police agree with us or not."

900 objections have been made by local law enforcement throughout the state so far. 

But if you are denied a license for any reason - you can appeal the decision through a state review commission.

Those permits are good for five years.

After five years gun owners must take an additional three hours of training... 

Then re-apply.

That includes another background check. 


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