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176 Concealed Carry Apps Filed in Marion County

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

Marion County is boasting the 2nd highest concealed carry application rate in the South Central Illinois region, according to numbers released Thursday by the Illinois State Police. 176 Applications for Concealed Carry permits are pending with the Illinois State Police in Marion County, and as of Friday local police departments have yet to file any objections. 

Local police can file objections to a concealed carry application for 30 days after the application is submitted. Police can object if they feel the applicant would be a danger to the local community if they were granted a concealed carry permit. No objections have been filed in any area counties, including Marion, Clinton, Fayette, Washington, Jefferson, Clay, or Wayne counties.

Jefferson County currently leads the region in applications with 232, Fayette County is reporting 106 applicants, Wayne County has 99 applications pending, Clinton County is reporting 98 applications, Clay County has 67 applications pending, and Washington County has the fewest carry applicants in the region at 55.

Statewide, Cook County has the highest number of applicants at 8,225. Cook County law enforcement agencies are objecting to 20 of those applications.

Those wanting to take advantage of Illinois' new concealed carry law must complete 16 hours of approved firearms training, a valid drivers license or State ID Card, a valid FOID card, a non-felon, and be 21 years of age or older.

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