Illinois State Police officials say their agency is preparing to issue the state’s first concealed carry permits.
A state database unveiled Monday will collect information designed to keep people with mental health problems from having access to guns.
Permit applications will be available online January 5, 2014.
Illinois State Police expect their website will be used to process more than 400,000 applications next year.
The Rams say they’ll block any off-duty cops who try to bring guns to the Edward Jones Dome. It’s a policy handed down from the league.
Lawmakers approved concealed carry last summer after a federal appeals court said Illinois’ last-in-the-nation ban was unconstitutional.
Illinois residents can begin applying in January for licenses to carry concealed weapons, but so far only 54 instructors most from northern Illinois have been approved to train them.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments on the issue for Oct. 3.
A federal appeals court has refused an urgent request by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public.
The law bars concealed weapons from schools, courthouses, government buildings, libraries and public transit but churches, mosques and synagogues must post signs.