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Illinois state police could start granting concealed-carry permits at the middle of the month, while local Illinois municipalities are preparing for law enforcement to begin issuing concealed-carry gun permits to local residents.

South Beloit Police Chief Dean Stiegemeier and Rockton Deputy Chief Matt Hollinger both stated they’ve also heard March 2014 as a possible start for the permits, but couldn’t confirm.

Stiegemeier said South Beloit got access to the Illinois State Police’s database that contains names of all Illinois residents requesting a concealed carry permit. The Rockton Village Board also agreed to a resolution this week that granted the police the authority to enter into the same agreement. Roscoe Police Chief Jamie Evans said a similar agreement will likely come before Roscoe’s village board next month.

Stiegemeier said about 18 residents from South Beloit have applied for concealed carry permits. The department will likely look for anyone who lives in South Beloit on the database to check if they have any criminal history.

“We’ll check to see if there is anyone that has been convicted of a felony, anyone with mental health issues or substance abuse,” he said.

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