CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 91,000 people applied for permits to carry concealed weapons last year in Illinois, the first year the state allowed people to carry guns in public.
A sizeable chunk of the 91,651 applications were submitted last January, when the concealed carry law went into effect. Illinois State Police said more than 34,000 people applied last January. In all, nearly 2,400 people were turned down for concealed carry permits.
“A year into it, I think we found out that the sky isn’t falling, and we’re all continuing our day-to-day lives unaffected for the most part,” said State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), a sponsor of the legislation.