County concerned about unqualified firearms owners getting conceal carry permits

2013-10-02T15:50:00Z 2013-10-02T22:51:04Z County concerned about unqualified firearms owners getting conceal carry permitsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
October 02, 2013 3:50 pm  • 

CHICAGO | Cook County officials are concerned people who are not qualified to carry firearms will inadvertently be issued state permits allowing them to carry weapons for self-defense.

At stake is the fact that Illinois State Police are developing a process to issue the permits that allow people to carry a holstered pistol in public.

One of the qualifications for getting a concealed carry permit is that an individual first have a firearm owner’s identification card.

But within Cook County, the sheriff’s department estimates that about 4,000 people have had their FOID card privileges revoked. Yet that does not mean the actual card has been taken away from them.

Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes, a former Illinois State Police trooper, introduced a resolution Wednesday that calls for the county sheriff, the state police and municipal police departments to create a “gun team” going after people whose cards have been revoked to prevent them from trying to use the credential to get a concealed carry permit.

The resolution was referred to the County Board’s law enforcement subcommittee, where Reyes said he’d like to see all the law enforcement agencies have hearings to help figure out a procedure for regaining revoked FOID cards.

Those hearings have yet to be scheduled, although Reyes said he’d like to see them take place later this month.

Illinois State Police have said they expect to begin issuing the concealed carry permits in 2014 once they have personnel in place who can provide training to the public in how to safely carry a weapon.

Under the law approved by the General Assembly over Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto, people wishing to get a concealed carry permit must complete a 16-hour course developed by state police.

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