Whopping 46,000 apply for concealed carry permits in Illinois

EAST DUNDEE, ILL. — Gun range owners around Illinois say they’re struggling to keep up with demand as thousands of residents try to meet guidelines to get new concealed carry permits.

All permit applicants have to attend at least 16 hours of training before they can apply for the licenses. The requirements include spending at least an hour at a gun range and passing a live-fire exercise involving shooting at least 30 rounds.

So far, about 46,000 applications for concealed carry permits have been submitted to Illinois State Police. Officials expect about 300,000 applications to be filed this year.


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