January 1 will mark more than just an introduction to another year. For residents in the state of Illinois, it means that they’ll have to right to carry guns in public.

The state’s concealed carry law passed earlier this year after a court ruled the state’s ban on concealed weapons to be unconstitutional.

From WGN-TV: 

Illinois’ new law requires gun owners to apply for a license and state police must approve the application. The department will start accepting applications on the state police website Sunday,  Jan. 5.

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Officials expect about 400,000 gun owners to apply for concealed carry licenses in the the coming months.

Thoughts on the concealed carry law going into effect?

Do you think it will impact Chicago’s gun violence problem?

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