Illinois State Police are in charge of implementing the permits, but they say they're short-staffed and under-funded, which makes it tough to get the ball rolling on such a big task. Some predict it could be at least three months before state police even figure out how getting a concealed-carry permit will work, plus setting up training classes and processing time.
That's why some lawmakers say they may have to step in and make additional laws to help speed up the process. Critics say it's unfair to make people wait months for carry permits when a federal court ruled come July 9, 2013 Illinois has to make it legal.
That's why a number of counties have taken matters into their own hands. Several have stopped prosecuting for carrying a loaded gun in public. Carrying a concealed weapon in Illinois is still against the law until the carry permits are ready and issued.
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