Site up-and-running for concealed-carry applications

Published 01/07 2014 04:06PM

Updated 01/07 2014 05:35PM

SPRINGFIELD -- The application process for concealed-carry permits is now in full swing. The state says more than 11,000 people have applied since the website opened Sunday. So far, gun owners say the process has been smooth-sailing. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

Thousands of people have spent hours training to be one of the first to get Illinois' new concealed-carry permit. Some were worried the online-only application would be a setback. Aaron Turner says it doesn't seem to be the case.

"I didn't have any problems."

Turner is a concealed-carry instructor; meaning he got to "test drive" the new site about a week before everyone else.

"I didn't think it was that bad. It was a fairly easy process. You just follow the steps on the state police website. You know, it guides you through everything."

He says there are a couple things to watch out for though.

"There's a glitch a lot of people are having problems with. Like, if they ask, what's your weight, and you put in what you weigh now. They need to copy everything exactly that your driver's license says."

He says, if you're stumped about how to get a digital copy of something, it's a simple fix.

"You just take a picture on your phone, download it to your computer and onto the state police website."

Turner says the whole thing only took him about fifteen minutes, but he did have a secret weapon.

"Now, I did have help. I will say that. I did have some help. Somebody that she had already gone through hers, but I could probably help somebody else get theirs now too."

State police say they expect almost a half-million applications this year. They'll also start accepting paper applications this summer.

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