SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police will only accept online applications from people who want new concealed carry permits.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that's concerning for one Illinois lawmaker who was the chief sponsor of the state's new gun law.
Harrisburg Democrat Rep. Brandon Phelps says people should "have a choice" whether to file an application on paper or through their computer. He says some people may not have access to computers.
But Illinois State Police officials say they're not set up to process paper applications. ISP spokeswoman Monique Bond says the paperless system is "more efficient, cost-effective and easier for other agencies."
People will be able to file applications starting Jan. 5.
Authorities anticipate 400,000 people will apply for concealed carry permits in the first year alone.