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Concealed carry passed in Illinois

Jessica Garber
News Reporter

In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to legalize  concealed carry of firearms.

The state has already received an overwhelming number of applications, and continues to receive more than 1,000 requests for concealed-carry permits on a daily basis.

While the State Police was granted millions of dollars to enable them to conduct background checks on applicants, local law enforcement agencies did not receive more money to do so.

This lack of funding poses problematic because many applications won’t be properly inspected, or only a small fraction of the submitted applications will have the chance to be reviewed.

The results of this issue have yet to surface, since 16,000 Illinoisans have just passed the initial step in the application process, and will soon proceed to the background check portion.

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