Starting January 1st, concealed carry will be legal in Illinois: and Quad City residents are getting ready for it.
But it's a 'process' that's proving difficult for some.
Shooting Sports in Downtown Moline had a line out the door this Monday morning of customers who are having trouble getting all their prerequisites in order for the application.
But the confusion doesn't stop there.
State leaders said it's best to apply online to limit the amount of human error, but the technology is also creating some problems.
"Given the average age of most of our students being more than 50, many without computer skills necessary to get the application done, it's been a cumbersome process," said Tim Baldwin, Shooting Sports Owner.
Some issues people encounter: computers that don't have to up-to-date browsers, or the right version of Java.
Baldwin said he and his employees are walking people through the process, even uploading and scanning their ID's and certificates for them.
But once that's all done, "They can go in and start the application process, but it only lets them go so far until they have to save or retry until after January 5th when the state makes it available to the public," Baldwin said.
Illinois resident Jackie Danielson who is waiting to apply for their concealed carry permits said she saw this coming,
"Even getting a FOID card took a while for them to get those processed. Illinois seems to have a tendency to be a little slower with that."
But Danielson adds, since Illinois is the last state in the country to make concealed carry legal, the steps are necessary to be on the safe side.
"This is something new for the state and police officers want to make sure people know what they're doing as well."
Residents have to undergo training, show an ID, provide past addresses, have a FOID card, and get a background check.
We also asked the owner of Shooting Sports if Iowa ran into any of these issues when they made concealed carry legal.
We've posted his respond on our web site as a web extra.
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