Concealed carry permit applications way up in Chicago

Concealed carry is about to make Chicago a safer city. Maybe. Law enforcement officials – and we use that term very loosely when it comes to Chicago – have processed over 15,000 concealed carry applications in the last week.

We think it’s outrageous that permits that have been approved by the State Police must now, according to the commentator, be approved by “… police, sheriffs, state’s attorneys, and the attorney general’s office…”.

We live in Arizona, land of the free. In our state if your handgun is registered, which means you’ve undergone a background check to purchase it, you can carry it either open or concealed. You can also apply for a CCW permit which costs less than $100. The cost in Chicago is over $500.

We’re pretty sure that the approval chain is nothing more than Chicago and the State of Illinois’ way of putting as many roadblocks in front of people who want to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms as they possibly can.

We’re confident that the new police chief in Detroit is right, concealed carry by the good folks brings down crime rates and especially murder rates.

We congratulate the good people of Illinois, and especially those in Chicago, for standing up for their Constitutional rights. We also hope somebody hauls the state back into court for another loss over the daisy chain of approvals that will likely take months to navigate.

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  • jim_m

    The statement that the applications have to be approved by local law enforcement agencies or the state’s attorney is false. They are available for review and if there is no review they are approved.

    The law actually provides that the Illinois State Police enter applicant’s data into a database within 10 days of the application and that the relevant local agencies then have 30 days to object to any applicant and submit grounds for the denial…

    based upon a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to himself or herself or others, or a threat to public safety. The objection shall be made by the chief law enforcement officer of the law enforcement agency, or his or her designee, and must include any information relevant to the objection. If a law enforcement agency submits an objection within 30 days after the entry of an applicant into the database, the Department shall submit the objection and all information related to the application to the Board within 10 days of completing all necessary background checks.

    The review board then has a 90 day window to review the objection and render a decision. If there is no objection the license should be issued after the 30 day window period.

    And it is inaccurate to claim that applications are “up”. Last week was the first week they would be accepted so naturally they are up from the zero that were allowed to be submitted prior to that.

  • jim_m

    The cost for a CCW license in Illinois is only $150 for a 5 year permit. There is the additional cost of taking the CCW class and that will vary depending on where you get it but I doubt anyone is paying $350 for that so the cost is not $500. I don’t know where you got that from, unless you are adding in the cost of a gun.

  • Biff Sarin

    If what ‘Jim_m’ says is true, then their process doesn’t seem that out of line. I live in Louisiana. This is considered a VERY gun friendly state and yet, I submitted my CCW app on 6/8/2013. I called to check on it’s status AGAIN on 1/3/2014 and was told that it had actually received final approval THAT DAY. Here it is a week later, and I still haven’t received it. And remember, we’re supposed to be a ‘gun friendly’ state!