Backlog Remains for Concealed Carry Applicants

Illinois law requires citizens to obtain a concealed carry license (CCL) to be legally allowed to carry a firearm for protection in public. Unfortunately for potential licensees, they may be in for a long wait.

According to testimony from Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Brendan Kelly during a Senate committee hearing, in February the average wait time for CCL processing was 115 days.

One Senator noted, however, that she have heard from constituents waiting as long as 18 months to receive their license. Kelly said ISP is working to reduce the wait time. 

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