Central Illinois sheriff offers concealed carry help

SPRINGFIELD – Sangamon County residents who don’t have a computer or who need help applying for concealed-carry firearm permits will find both at the sheriff’s department offices, officials said Monday.

Beginning Jan. 6, residents can use a computer that will be set up in the department’s records lobby to access the Illinois State Police website that will process applications. The department also will provide technical assistance.

There also will be a webcam for applicants to take their ID photo and a scanner to submit the required certificate proving they’ve completed firearms training. The sheriff’s office says it’s working to set up a live-scan fingerprinting machine.

“We recognize there are people who do not have access to the Internet, and the Sheriff’s Office is happy to provide that access,” Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell said in a written statement.

Illinois State Police begin accepting online applications on Jan. 5, but won’t begin accepting paper applications until July 1.

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration originally said it would accept only online applications for concealed carry permits. After receiving complaints that many residents, particularly in rural areas, though, Quinn’s office said last week that it would accept paper applications in six months.

The State Police anticipate receiving about 400,000 applications next year.