(KMOV) – Firearms instructors in Illinois can apply for their concealed carry license on Thursday.
Officers from the Illinois State Headquarters in Collinsville will be the ringleaders behind enforcing the concealed carry rules and are also in charge of issuing the licenses.
All of that is done on the state police website.
ISP officials say they are doing the early application process for gun teachers – there are 2,000 in Illinois – as a way to test the website for workload capacities when the official application process begins.
After all, state officials expect more than 400,000 thousand Illinoisans to apply for concealed carry in the first year.
Earlier this week, state officials changed their minds about the kind of applications they’ll accept from people who want new concealed carry permits.
After saying the Illinois State Police would only accept online applications, the Quinn administration says that beginning in July paper applications will also be accepted. The online application process begins Jan. 5.
The reversal came after some state lawmakers complained that only allowing people to apply online would not be fair to some residents of rural areas who either don’t have access to computers or aren’t comfortable using them.
Earlier this year, Illinois became the last state in the nation to make it legal to carry concealed weapons.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.