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State police prepare for concealed carry permits

CHICAGO – Illinois State Police officials say their agency is preparing to issue the state's first concealed carry permits.

Police are holding a news conference in downtown Chicago on Friday to provide an update about the soon-to-be-issued permits. They'll also show what a concealed carry license looks like.

Illinois gun owners began applying for the permits in January after the state became the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed guns. Police have been reviewing the applications.

By the end of January, more than 16,000 people had filed paperwork to get a license.

State officials believe as many as 400,000 people will apply for the concealed carry permits during the first year of the law.

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