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Monday, February 16, 2015
Why only 90,000 licenses in first year of Illinois Concealed Carry?
I will speculate that
A) Many of the fine people of Illinois find that the application process is daunting (beginning with that infernal online digital ID).
B) The whole process is cumulatively expensive.
C) Finding the time to fit the classroom sessions into your life can be challenging.
D) Some have concerns about the live fire qualification.
E) Some folks do not yet own a handgun (a few individuals in my class did not own their own handgun and had to borrow or rent one, so I'll assume that to be fairly common).
F) Some folks fear disqualification via some arcane legal issue from their past.
The State of Illinois gets $150 for each application, and many applicants will pay in the neighborhood of $250 - $350 for the required classroom and range training; that $400 - $500 total is not an insignificant amount to most of us. To speed things up, you can pay for non-requisite fingerprinting (~$55), and some training outfits such as GAT Guns will do the online registration for you as well for an additional fee (~$30). Anyway, should a husband and wife each apply, the $800 - $1000 total investment could make a noticeable dent in the family's discretionary income.
I often wonder if Illinois made this process difficult and expensive to insure handgun carriers were qualified or if the whole thing was intended as an obstacle to deter folks of modest means from carrying handguns.