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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois State Police officials have disqualified a Bolingbrook firearms instructor and informed at least 327 applicants they will not receive a license to carry concealed weapons because of improper training.
 
Investigators conducted interviews and reviewed records to determine the training was not in accordance with state law. They have given their findings to the Will County State’s Attorney for possible action.
Illinois’ concealed carry law took effect Jan. 1. Applicants must complete 16 hours of instruction following curriculum approved by the state police.
 
Denied applicants will be able to repeat training without paying the $150 application fee.
 
State police have so far invalidated 13 instructors and notified 425 applicants of invalid training.
 
The state’s concealed carry website will carry names of disqualified instructors.
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CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man is the first in Illinois to have his permit to carry a concealed weapon revoked.
 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports 54-year-old William P. O'Connell was arrested March 23 on suspicion of a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
 
O'Connell was allegedly involved in a dispute over rent money with a 52-year-old man. Police say O'Connell pointed a handgun and threatened to shoot the man.
 
The Illinois State Police have revoked O'Connell's concealed-carry permit. The law prohibits carrying by anyone involved in an action that could lead to disqualification.
 
State police spokeswoman Monique Bond confirmed Monday that O'Connell is the first revocation subject.
 
O'Connell did not immediately respond to a message left at his home.
 
The Illinois concealed carry law took effect Jan. 1.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police say two southwestern Illinois firearms instructors were improperly certifying students trying to get concealed carry permits.
 
The agency says Tuesday that nearly 100 students who were taught by the pair will have their training invalidated and their applications denied. The instructors won't be able to teach and the agency is forwarding its findings to the St. Clair County State's Attorney's office.
 
More than 2,700 firearms instructors have been certified by the state to teach gun safety classes as part of Illinois' new concealed carry law.
 
All applicants have to attend at least 16 hours of training before they can apply for the licenses. The first licenses were distributed earlier this month.
 
About 46,000 applications have been submitted. Officials expect about 300,000 applications to be filed this year.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Phil Allen and other Illinois gun enthusiasts eager for the right to publicly carry concealed handguns are celebrating as their long-awaited permits showing arrive in their mailboxes.
 
As a licensed concealed-carry instructor in Mascoutah east of St. Louis, Allen says receiving his permit Monday made him "ready to do a happy dance."
 
Allen's permit is among the first batch of roughly 5,000 that Illinois State Police are mailing under the state law passed last year. Illinois is the last state in the nation to allow the practice.
 
The agency says about 46,000 applications have been received so far.
 
While cheering the milestone of the mailings, Democratic State Rep. Brandon Phelps from Harrisburg says there's room for relaxing where concealed handguns may be carried.
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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois State Police officials say the first concealed carry licenses are being mailed.
 
Officials say the first permits are being sent to new license holders on Friday. Illinois State Police say they've approved 5,000 applications so far.
 
State Police Col. Marc Maton (MAY'-tahn) says state police have denied 300 applications and received objections from local law enforcement agencies on 800 applicants.
 
Maton says 46,000 applications have been received so far.
 
Illinois gun owners began applying for the permits in January after the state became the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed guns.
 
State officials believe as many as 400,000 people will apply for the concealed carry permits during the first year of the law.
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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois State Police say the first applicants for concealed-carry firearm permits in the state could have those permits by the middle of March.
 
State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond tells the Daily Herald that it's a possibility that some permits could be issued "after the first couple weeks in March." Meanwhile figures released Thursday show less than 1 percent of the applications in Illinois have been challenged. Local police departments can object to an application when they believe applicants pose a public threat.
 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports a state licensing board will consider about 230 objections filed by police. The board includes a former judge, two former prosecutors, three former FBI agents and a psychiatry professor
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois residents have just begun applying for licenses to carry concealed weapons. But lawmakers have already begun tinkering with the new law.
 
The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports Monday that legislators have introduced bills to increase penalties for carrying guns where they're not allowed; punish instructors who don't carry out training; and lower the legal age for carrying.
 
Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry last July. It allows anyone with 16 hours of training to pay a $150 fee to get a license.
 
Villa Park Democratic Rep. Deborah Conroy wants to increase criminal penalties for taking a gun into a school. Republican State Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein (MUN'-dih-lyne) wants instructors who commit fraud to go to jail.
 
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KTRS, St. Louis, MO - Sunday marked the day Illinois residents could officially apply for a concealed weapons permit.

The Illinois State Police began accepting applications on its website yesterday. State Police have up to 90 days to approve or deny applications, as long as the applications are complete and fingerprints are submitted in an electronic format. The agency will have an additional 30 days to complete a manual background check if applicants choose not to submit fingerprints, so it could be months before anyone will actually be allowed to possess a concealed firearm.

Illinois is the last state in the nation to allow conceal-carry.

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Conceal carry in Illinois is moving closer.

 

The Illinois State Police say they've launched a new website that explains the application process for Illinoisans. Applications for carrying concealed weapons will be available beginning on January 5. Police say the new website should give would-be applicants additional information about eligibility requirements, application fees, training requirements and official forms. There also will be details for firearms instructors.

 

Authorities anticipate 400,000 people will apply for concealed carry permits in the first year alone.

 

You can find the website here.

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 02:41

IL House OKs $33M to set up conceal-carry system

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has allocated $33 million to set up a program designed to regulate the carrying of concealed firearms.

   Lawmakers voted 96-17 for the $50 million supplemental appropriation Tuesday. Rep. Luis Arroyo - a Chicago Democrat - says about $500,000 is new general-revenue spending.

   The legislation gives the Illinois State Police authority to use money from $150 concealed-carry permit fees to pay for the additional staff and equipment necessary to set up the program.

   Lawmakers approved concealed carry last summer after a federal appeals court said Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban was unconstitutional.

   Several complained the measure does not include $112 million a court has ordered be paid to union workers who didn't get their full raise in 2011.

 
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