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ISP will accept concealed carry applications in 6 months if Quinn bill rejected

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Associated Press) -

Even as Illinois lawmakers meet in Springfield for a special session, there's debate about what will happen in Illinois if there's no concealed carry law by today's court-ordered deadline.

The governor wants to make sweeping changes to a concealed carry bill, but lawmakers have been less than enthusiastic and are expected to override his changes.

Without a solution, some say it means anyone can carry a gun anywhere, while others say it will prompt local municipalities to enact their own ordinances.

If lawmakers reject Quinn's changes and the bill they approved goes into effect, Illinois State Police will have to be ready within six months to accept applications. ISP spokeswoman Monique Bond says roughly 300,000 applications are expected in the first year.

Illinois is the only state without a law to allowed concealed carry.

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