First 5,000 concealed carry licenses being mailed out

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Illinois’ first concealed carry licenses were being sent out Friday and could arrive in mailboxes as early as Monday, the Sun-Times is reporting.

That’s 5,000 approved applications out of some 46,000 received statewide, Illinois State Police officials said.

“We’re going to print as many as we can get through today and continue on Monday,” ISP Col. Marc Maton said, speaking to reporters downtown.

The blue-and-red licenses — about the size of a driver’s license — are good for five years. All approved applicants passed both criminal background and mental health checks, Maton said.

State police have so far rejected some 300 applications from people prohibited by statute from having one of the new cards, including people who have two or more DUIs or a domestic violence arrest in the last five years, Maton said.

Another 2,800 applicants submitted either incomplete or inaccurate information, and officials are delaying approval until they can check the information, Maton said.

Authorities have estimated 350,000 to 400,000 people will sign up for permits to carry their handguns in public within the first year of the law’s passing — close to 1,000 people a day.

Illinois is the last state to allow concealed carry. Legislators passed the law last summer after a federal appeals court ruled the state ban unconstitutional.

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