Closer Look: Behind the numbers on gun permits

Closer Look: Behind the numbers on gun permits

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TINLEY PARK, IL - DECEMBER 17: A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2012 and gun makers have reported a record high in demand. Firearm sales have surged recently as speculation of stricter gun laws and a re-instatement of the assault weapons ban following the mass school shooting in Connecticut . (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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by JOHN O'CONNOR

AP Political Writer

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 8:02 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons.

The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.

A new law allows the carrying of concealed weapons. Police estimate there'll be 400,000 applications for "carry" permits in the first year. Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says the department could add nearly 100 employees to help.

The department is currently approving instructors. Officials have OK'd 750. Bond says hundreds more could be approved this week.

Bond says rules for training should be out this week.

This year, Illinois became the last state nationwide to legalize concealed carry.

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Concealed carry instructors: http://tinyurl.com/q58l9h2

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