Concealed-carry permit website ready for business

Concealed-carry permit website ready for business

CHAMPAIGN — Thousands of people across Illinois are expected to apply for concealed-carry gun permits Sunday when state police begin processing online applications for the first time.

Police anticipate receiving about 400,000 applications a little more than one year after the state's long-time ban on concealed carry was struck down by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

During a news conference Monday in Chicago, state police demonstrated the online application process, which goes live in five days. They expect the online process to take 10 minutes if applicants have all the required information.

"I think there will be a rush immediately from people who are prepared, who got their training out of the way, fingerprints and background checks," said Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn, who attended Monday's media event, representing the Illinois Sheriff's Association. Hartshorn said the site has already been tested — by concealed-carry course instructors applying for their permits.

Josh Young of Savoy is a certified instructor with Trinity Defense Tactics. He said the online application process itself took him about 10 minutes or less.

But prior to that, he had to make sure his computer was compatible — some systems may require software downloads — in addition to acquiring digital identification, which added another five minutes.

The digital ID establishes a user name and password for each applicant, allowing that person to access multiple systems within state government — including the concealed-carry application — and digitally sign documents.

Young said he was well-aware of what information he needed in order to apply. He already had his course certificate scanned and saved to his computer, as well as a photo of himself, both of which were easily attached to his online application.

"I didn't have any problems," said Young, who believes it's a good online process but wonders whether it will handle the onslaught of applicants it's likely to get next week.

Young has been encouraging students in his concealed-carry courses to follow his lead — getting everything prepared in advance and even completing as much of the online application as possible before Sunday.

But the state still needs to provide a paper application process, he said, pointing out that several of his students either don't have a computer or Internet access.

Hartshorn said electronic applications will be processed quicker and cannot be submitted with mistakes or missing information. If an applicant has mistakes or omissions, he said, it will be pointed out immediately in the online process.

Concealed-carry permit checklist

So, you're at least 21 years old, have a clean record and want to apply to carry a concealed firearm. Here's a checklist to complete before visiting to fill out an application:

— A valid driver's license or state identification number.
— A firearm owner's identification card.
— A head-and-shoulders digital photo taken in the last 30 days.
— Addresses of every place you've lived for 10 years.
— Proof you've undergone 16 hours of firearms training with an Illinois State Police-licensed instructor.
— Fingerprints, which may be submitted electronically to expedite the process.
— $150 payable by credit card or electronic check.

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Bulldogmojo wrote on December 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Great...So the Zimmermans need about $400, a face to take a picture of, and to prove they haven't been convicted or adjudicated mentally defective as of YET and they get to carry out their cop wannabe fantasy. Just brilliant

I think the requirements for getting an Illinois Cab drivers license are more restrictive.

No more wearing hoodies I guess.

jaybird4273 wrote on December 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm

will be a safer place, every none felone or mental person should get one and should be a law to be mandatory in ever state. :) good job IL. am Happy for all u there, i live in Missouri and my family all has one as well.

jaybird4273 wrote on December 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm


Well its about time they got it done, and another thing is they want a Arm and a legg to get one and 150 dollors, i live in Mo. and its only a 8 hour training corse here and 100 bucks. dont have to have 10 years where u lived in the past and no Photo till u get your Permit. but at lest u all got it now. about time. i think it should be mandatory for all none felon people to get one in the united states. then we will see a huge drop in theift and attacks and robberys. because then they will no they can be shot, will be a lot less in Crime. take a good look at new zealand, its the lowest crime in the world with less then 3% lol and there goverment train them with guns and give them weapons. lol

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 01, 2014 at 10:01 am

I have no doubt that you are from Missouri. 

serf wrote on January 01, 2014 at 3:01 pm

LOL.  Heckuva diplomat, isn't he :)

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 01, 2014 at 4:01 pm

The "Show Me" state shows it again.  It must be Christmas Vacation at the Griswalds with Clark's cousin Eddie visiting again.  I hope that it is just a joke for the day.

Concealed-carry permits can be done by mail now instead of on-line.  Both methods still require a printer though.  Signatures are required also.  Volunteer printing assistance, and signature tracing are available at N.R.A. offices.  

Nice Davis wrote on January 02, 2014 at 8:01 am

This may be the most misspelled, inscrutable, and poorly formatted comment I've ever seen on the site. Congratulations, I guess?

Bulldogmojo wrote on January 02, 2014 at 8:01 am

Maybe we need to have, writing an intelligible and properly spelled statement as to why you should own a gun, as part of the test.

If you perceive "$150 dollors" [sic] as "a Arm and a legg"[sic] then maybe you should worry more about paying your bills and spend less on guns and ammo.

You also clearly know nothing about New Zealand but you have educated us all on Missouri. Please stay there

bluegrass wrote on January 02, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Whooooaa boy!  Be careful riding that grammar high horse, he'll kick you when you aren't proofing your posts.  

That being said, I think perhaps that in the mad rush to judge, it is possible that you and your internet buddies have fallen prey to an internet prankster.  

Bulldogmojo wrote on January 03, 2014 at 9:01 am

In our defense it's almost impossible to tell the difference between a poster playing the rube roll and the actual rubes who think everyone should carry a gun. I'll defer to your expertise Bluegrass, since you travel in both of those circles.

bluegrass wrote on January 03, 2014 at 3:01 pm

When faced with the knowledge that you may have over-reacted, your first inclination is to call me variations of a 'rube.'  Very cosmopolitan.

Bulldogmojo wrote on January 05, 2014 at 7:01 pm

"Faced with the Knowledge"??

No it wasn't my first inclination in responding to any of your historical gems which are frequently in lock step with the, oh let's say...the sluggish.

If you are suggesting it was a satirical point he was making then he failed to carry his point. I also don't think it is possible to overreact to the concealed carry crowd who are all too eager to cut law enforcement out of the equation and put a measure of added lethal risk into the routines of the general public.

I am a gun owner and I leave it at home where it belongs.

BTW, the "Chicago crime can only be fixed by the implementation of concealed carry", argument, just missed the boat.

"In Chicago, the police also said the number of shootings fell 24 percent from 2,448 to 1,864 between 2012 and 2013".~ Associated Press

Just in case one of your divine truth tellers was going to that statistically inaccurate argument next.

bluegrass wrote on January 06, 2014 at 10:01 am

Bulldogmojo, the new Sid Saltfork.

Sid Saltfork wrote on January 06, 2014 at 11:01 am

You are your only fan, bluegrass.  He makes valid points, and you make none.  Your missing Fox News, and Gunsmoke reruns.  If your bored; shovel your sidewalks and drive, or make snow angels.  Either that; or give him a debate on the article's subject.

Business owners have the right to post "no guns allowed".  Toby Keith recently posted the sign in his restaurants.  The "guns are manhood" mob ranted, and raved about it; but they rarely spend money in the restaurants.  Whether a business owner posts the sign, or not; it will be a matter of economics, not ideology.  The customers will decide where they want to shop, and buy.  How many parents will want to bring their kids to the grocery store when some paranoid is in there with a hidden gun?

Yankee_Doodle wrote on January 06, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Actually, Toby Keith does not own the restaraunt in question - it's a franchise and the franchisees decided to post the "No Guns" signs.

As for "paranoid(s) with hidden guns" how many "yutes" do think are wandering America's shopping malls with "hidden guns"? Probably more than we'd care to know and those folks have no training, no respect for their weapon and no respect for human life.

bluegrass wrote on January 06, 2014 at 6:01 pm

So demanding, Sid...

Bulldogmojo wrote on January 08, 2014 at 3:01 pm

"Bulldogmojo, the new Sid Saltfork."  You're just thick enough to think that's an insult.

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