SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police officials announced Monday that emergency amendments were filed Thursday, July 10, to further strengthen the statutory framework of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
The emergency rules include a provision on the consideration of objections and the decisions of the Concealed Carry License Review Board. If an application may be denied, the board will send the applicant notice of the objection, including the reason for the objection and the agency submitting the objection. The applicant has 10 days to provide the board with evidence to prove the applicant’s eligibility.
“Our work as a board continues to evolve and collectively we have been judicious in supporting the state’s implementation of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act,” board Chairperson Robinzina Bryant said. “The board thoughtfully considers every objection received from law enforcement agencies, and we believe that these emergency rules will provide a more defined framework on processes and procedures that impact applicants and the public.”
The emergency rulemaking strengthened the board review process in areas such as meetings, conflicts of interest, department liaison, consideration of objections, reporting, decisions and hearings.
The board developed these emergency rules to strengthen and provide an operating framework of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. The board is responsible for reviewing objections presented by local law enforcement agencies or the Illinois State Police. The board votes to determine if an objection is sustained and determines if the applicant is eligible to obtain a license.
The board will use every resource and necessary time extension to ensure that the reviews are conducted fairly and thoroughly under the newly established emergency rules.
The rules will be published in the July 25 Illinois Register and can be located on the ISP website under the CCL tab at http://www.isp.state.il.us/.