Come New Year’s Day, it will be legal to carry guns in public in Illinois.
The state’s concealed carry law was passed earlier this year to comply with a court ruling that declared the state’s ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional.
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.
State police say they expect 400,000 gun owners to apply for concealed carry licenses in the the coming months.
County sheriffs, prosecutors, and police officials have the power to object to an application.