ILLINOIS -- The state is Taking Action to answer complaints about concealed-carry. Gun owners were upset the state would only take applications online, so now state police are changing it. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger keeps us Connected to the Capitol.
In today's day and age, everything is online. It's going to include concealed-carry permits. In fact, state police said last week, they'd only be offered online.
You can imagine it upset a lot of people; especially seniors who may not know how to use computers or have access to them. So, state police decided to offer paper applications.
But, anyone looking to apply by pen, will have to wait. The permits won't be available until July 1, according to state police.
Still, a lot of people say it's a move in the right direction. The NRA says it hopes to see that July 1 date moved up, but that will all be decided down the road.
Permits are available online January 5, 2014. The first folks to apply are expected to start carrying in April. The state expects 400,000 people to apply for a concealed-carry permit in the first year.
ILLINOIS -- The state is changing its mind about how people can apply for concealed-carry permits. Earlier this week, it said it was only accepting applications online.
Critics argued it's unfair to people without access to a computer. So, state police are now making paper applications available.
The option won't be available until July. If you do it online, you can apply starting January 5, 2014.
SPRINGFIELD -- State police will start processing concealed-carry applications in three weeks. Trainers are busy preparing the people who want one. WCIA-3's Alex Davis checks in to see if trainers are having trouble keeping up with demand.
At Capital City Arms Supply, there isn't a waiting list per se, but there's a long list of people waiting to find a class time that fits their schedule as classes fill up fast. Business has picked up for Aaron Turner at Capital City Arms Supply. He not only runs the range, but is one of the nearly 2,000 licensed instructors in the state.
"It's been pretty busy. We've done approximately six or seven, eight classes now."
Turner holds class twice a week and gets lots of calls from people wanting to get into one.
"It's been pretty smooth, just trying to get people scheduled is a different story, but, you know, we just got to work with people's schedules to get them in here, get the time set up for everybody."
Vietnam veteran, Roger Marmor, was lucky enough to get into the latest class.
"It covers all aspects of the firearm."
Marmor has owned a firearm since he was 7-years old.
"I'm what they consider to be a gun nut. My father was very much into firearms, and, of course, he brought me up to be the same."
But, even after decades of owning and firing guns, the retired Navy member says he's still been able to learn some new things from the class.
"They've covered areas that I was not aware of. And they've covered other areas that I was aware of, but they've covered more particular points of it."
Because he's a former military member, Marmor won't need to meet the 16-hours of required training. But, he says, all those hours are necessary for people without a military background.
"Guns are very dangerous if they aren't handled properly and that's what this is all about."
State police will start accepting applications January 5, 2014. The process will be done online. It could be up to 90-days for permits to be issued to the first batch of applicants.
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