SPRINGFIELD – Emergency amendments, including a review of objections to concealed carry applicants, to the Firearm Concealed Carry Act were filed July 10 to further strengthen the statutory framework of the act.
The Illinois State Police announced in a news release that the emergency rules include a provision on the consideration of objections and the decisions of the Concealed Carry License Review Board.
If an application may be denied, the board will send the applicant notice of the objection, including the reason for the objection and the agency submitting the objection. The applicant then has 10 days to provide the board with evidence to prove the applicant’s eligibility.
“Our work as a board continues to evolve and collectively we have been judicious in supporting the state’s implementation of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. The board thoughtfully considers every objection received from law enforcement agencies, and we believe that these emergency rules will provide a more defined framework on processes and procedures that impact applicants and the public,” said Chairperson Robinzina Bryant in the release.
The emergency rule-making strengthened the review process in areas such as meetings, conflicts of interest, department liaison, consideration of objections, reporting, decisions of the board and hearings of the board.
The Concealed Carry License Review Board developed these rules to strengthen and provide an operating framework of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act for the board. It is responsible for reviewing all objections presented by local law enforcement agencies or by the state police, according to the release. The board votes to determine if an objection is sustained, and determines if the concealed carry license applicant is eligible to obtain a license.
The rules will officially be published in the July 25 Illinois Register and can be located on the state police website under the CCL, www.isp.state.il.us.