Gun advocates wait while state officials prep for concealed carry

By Beau Ebenezer

Gun advocates wait while state officials prep for concealed carry

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD Ill -- Illinois State Police currently have more than five months left to set up a concealed carry program before they will begin accepting applications for a permit.

And that does not include 90 more days to process those forms.

Some gun club members said the wait is no surprise.

"This is long overdue," said Membership Director of the Midwest Gun Club Association, Richard Parks. "I mean we are the only state that is taking this long. We are in 2013. This is ridiculous."

Parks added that there is no word on how quickly State Police will have an outline for the program that will require applicants to undergo 16 hours of training.

"They want to know that you know how to handle a gun and then your mental aspect of it," said Parks. "There is also going to be approximately 23 no-gun zones where you are not allowed to have a gun with you at all."

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials are already beginning their training to enforce the concealed carry law.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is putting together a training program which offers different scenarios officers may encounter with concealed carry.

"We want to ensure the public that officers will know and treat citizens with respect," said Board Executive Director, Kevin McClain. "If they have interest in a person, as to whether they are legally using the concealed carry program, they will follow the law."

The basic training will be incorporated into 16 mobile training units across the entire state.

Board officials said they hope to begin training by January 1st.

For citizens wanting to get a concealed carry permit, they will also have to wait until then or longer.

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