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Applying for Illinois concealed carry applications could be tough

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Gun owners on the Illinois side of the river will soon be able to carry their concealed weapons and applications online will be available this weekend. However, some say the process to get that license won't be easy.

Firearm instructors at Executive Security Group Inc in Davenport are getting ready for another busy year. However, this year Illinois residents will have a shot at concealed carry and on Sunday, January 5, 2013 they will be able to start applying.

Monday, December 30, 2013, the Illinois State Police gave a preview of the online site and the steps residents will have to take to apply.

"They're going to have to copy their certificates. They're going to have to get their ID, like I said copy everything," said Farkas.

Once that's done they have to create a digital ID, which is basically like a username and after several steps later, you can finally start the application process.

"I think people are gonna have a hard time understanding how to answer things right, how to do things right," said Ron Farkas, owner of Executive Security Group Inc.

Illinois taking a different direction from other states like Iowa and Wisconsin who have stuck to the more traditional route like pen and paper.

"For those computer savy people it's going to be pretty easy, for people from the middle range to not having computers it's gonna be almost impossible," said Farkas.

That's why security is offering help for their students. Their instructors will sit down and go over the application with them.

"We're going to take them from the beginning all the way through," said Farkas.

Even though people will be able to apply for those license beginning on Sunday, they won't go into effect until July first.


  • Brad Ottoson

    The Digital ID site works about as well as, by design, if you ask me, I’ve been trying all night.

  • Pete Syracuse

    “…they won’t go into effect until July 1st”
    Where did you get that from? First Permits should be returned by the end of January and are effective immediately.

    • Henry

      I think they’re confusing dates for some reason. July 1 is when they’ll start receiving paper applications.

      Where did you hear that the first permits will be returned by the end of January. I think I read they’ll take the complete 90 days.

  • Mark

    I have been trying to access the: Illinois Department of Central Management Services web-site to get a users ID for days. I have tried following instructions by installing Java 7 on my Mac 10.8.5 computer. When I tested the link it said: Congratulations! You have the recommended Java installed (Version 7 Update 45).

    When I went to the ID link to register for a password: the following error occurred: Unsupported browser. Your browser is not supported. Please use Internet Explorer 7.0 or above, Firefox 25.0 or above, or Safari 6 or above. Chrome is NOT supported at present time.

    I have Safari 6.1.1 installed and Firefox 26.0 installed. I have restarted my machine and tried both browsers with the same results. Several friends have called me to complain that they could not access the state web-site to get an ID.

    I’m not new to computing so I know the web site is not functioning. The site is using JAVA when the rest of the plant is using FLASH. What would you expect from the state that sent Mr. Obama to Washington. The most corrupt officials in the country trained Mr. Obama in Shitcago. The Chicago politicians that run the enter state never wanted anyone but their own bodyguards to have guns.

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