Illinois Concealed Carry
Illinois Concealed Carry

The Illinois State Police released a county-by-county breakdown of the 23,000-plus gun owners who have applied since online enrollment began this month for permits to carry their firearms in public places.

In comparing the numbers to each county’s population, a calculation in the number of concealed-carry applicants per 10,000 people, according to 2010 Census figures, and confirmed that there appears to be strong interest Downstate and in the collar counties for the permits but not so much in Cook County.

In terms of raw numbers, Cook had the most concealed-carry applications of any county, with 5,305. But weighed against its overall population of 5.19 million people, the rate of applications per 10,000 residents stood at 10.2.

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