Lumps and snags in processing concealed carry applications

By Denise Jackson

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM CDT

PEORIA,IL--Requests are pouring in for conceal carry permits in some parts of Illinois. Over one-thousand applications are processed each day in the Cook County sheriff's office in Chicago.
Law enforcement officials discovered some challenges with the new gun law right here in Central Illinois.

Residents are signing up for concealed carry permits on the Illinois State police website. In Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says they can't review applications yet because they are waiting for a computer to be delivered. He says they hope to start reviewing applications the next week or so, once the equipment is installed.

McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery says they have 320 concealed carry applications to review. He says with all of the controversy, he was bracing for a huge number applicants. But so far that has not happened.

"Six days out of a week we review those applications and we think that's probably a little bit overboard. But if we've got staff time available we don't want to become the delay in the process," he said.

Sheriff's departments have 30 days in which to review applications before returning them to state police.
The state decides ultimately whether to approve the permit. We tried to contact Tazewell and Woodford County sheriff's departments but did not get a response on their status.

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