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More than 13,000 concealed carry applications get initial approval

Semi-automatic handguns are on display for purchase at Capitol City Arms Supply Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Months of debate about Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry came to an end when lawmakers narrowly beat a federal court deadline and adopted a carry law over Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's objections, shifting the focus to how to carry out the new law across the state's 102 counties. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Semi-automatic handguns are on display for purchase at Capitol City Arms Supply Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Months of debate about Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry came to an end when lawmakers narrowly beat a federal court deadline and adopted a carry law over Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's objections, shifting the focus to how to carry out the new law across the state's 102 counties. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Illinois residents who want to carry loaded firearms in public got an early approval Tuesday. According to the Chicago Tribune:

The Illinois State Police said Tuesday that it had completed the initial approval of more than 13,000 concealed carry applications, moving residents a step closer to being able to carry loaded firearms in public.

Meanwhile, applications continued to pour in via the State Police’s online registration site. The State Police received 1,089 applications Tuesday, for a total of 15,539.

[Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune]

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