The first round of concealed carry permits were mailed out to Illinois gun owners.
On Friday, February 28, 2014 Illinois State Police said that about 5,000 licenses were printed and mailed, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Since the application process began, officials have received more than 50,000 applications. Applicants who got early approvals had their permits mailed-out Friday.
Police set an early application date of December 18, 2013. From that date to January 5 (when applications were available publicly) nearly 7,000 applications were submitted, according to a spokesperson from ISP. Illinois lawmakers passed the concealed carry law in July of 2013.
About 300 applications have been denied, and 800 were pending review.
Illinois residents interested in applying for a concealed carry permit can submit an application online – click here.
Chicago Tribune reported that state police were working on a paper application process hopefully to be launched in July 2014.
According to the report, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed a panel to review objections raised by law enforcement to ensure that any denied applications get a fair review.