Want a concealed carry permit in Illinois? You’d better have a computer.
State Representative Brandon Phelps, the bill’s chief sponsor, says people should “have a choice” whether to file an application on paper or through their computer. He says some people may not have access to computers.
But Illinois State Police officials say they’re not set up to process paper applications. ISP spokeswoman Monique Bond says the paperless system is “more efficient, cost-effective and easier for other agencies.”
People will be able to file applications starting Jan. 5. Authorities anticipate 400,000 people will apply for concealed carry permits in the first year alone.