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The state’s first permits authorizing concealed-carry are being prepared to be issued per the Illinois State Police. Monique Bond, ISP spokeswoman, stated the first concealed-carry licenses could be issued next week. Officials had said they hoped to have the first permits ready in the spring.

Illinois residents began requesting the permits in January after the state became the final one in the country to allow the practice. The applications have been under review by police. Officials believe around 400,000 Illinois residents will apply for the permits this year. Over 16,000 people filed the paperwork in January 2014.

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