SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, toured the Illinois State Police Concealed Carry Unit in Springfield recently and met with officials directly involved about the practical issues involved with implementing the concealed carry law.
As of June 27, the total number of concealed carry license applications received by the state police was 78,386. Also as of then, the number of active CCL licenses was 60,896. Applications were first made available to the public Jan. 5, according to a news release from Anthony’s office.
Anthony and state police officials discussed a variety of pending issues, including surrounding the verification of training of applicants and the certification of instructors; and the need to create more due process for applicants whose applications are subject to review by the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board.
“The men and women of the Illinois State Police are a model of professionalism and service,” Anthony, a former Kendall County sheriff’s deputy, said in the release. “Their system for processing applications is well-organized and they are making great strides toward modernizing the FOID card database to make it more efficient. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with state police staff and get a behind-the-scenes view of their operations in how constituent applications are processed.”
The tour included viewing the database that law enforcement agencies use to review and object to concealed carry applicants. This software allows law enforcement to review the applicant’s identifying information and if appropriate, enter an objection.
The tour also included a visit to the call center recently established by the state police to accept application information by phone. Some constituents had complained about the digital-only application process, stating a lack of computer access and/or knowledge was preventing some from applying, according to the release. In response, the state police decided to staff a call center with employees who can accept all the relevant information from an applicant and essentially fill out the online application for them. The state police then mails a hard copy to the applicant, who must attach their photo and training certificate before submitting the completed application by mail.
For information about the concealed carry licensing process or to complete an online application, visit www.ccl4illinois.com.