Illinois residents applying for concealed carry permits by the droves

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois officials say they’ve received more than 11,000 applications for concealed carry permits.

The online application system to apply for permits was officially launched in Illinois on Sunday. On Monday, Illinois State Police said they had received 4,525 applications for concealed carry permits within 24 hours. The other 6,500 applications came from firearms instructors who the state let apply early for permits to help test the functionality of the online application system.

In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve legislation allowing residents to carry concealed weapons.

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