When you apply for your Illinois Concealed Carry License, there is a 30 day limbo period. This Limbo period is for concealed carry objections by law enforcement after review your application and to check your arrest record. If law enforcement does not object, you proceed along to the regular and formal background check. However, there are some criteria where concealed carry objections by law enforcement may occur. All hope is not lost if you do experience an objection to your Illinois Concealed Carry application.
Concealed Carry Objections by Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry Objections by Law Enforcement may occur if you have any arrests for any reason within the last 5 years or within the last 3 years for gang-related activity. Law enforcement may also object if, in their opinion, they believe you to be a danger to yourself or to others or a threat to public safety. This “opinion” clause is sometimes misused by law enforcement in the larger metropolitan areas of Illinois.
If you do receive a Concealed Carry Objections by Law Enforcement letter in the mail, that does not mean you are immediately denied your concealed carry license. Your application would then be referred to the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board (CCLRB). The purpose of the CCLRB is to review your file and review the objection and evidence provided by law enforcement. The CCLRB will then determine if the objection has merit, or if the objection is frivolous. While this review process does add to the timeframe of the application process, the vast majority (Approximately 75-80% as of the time of this writing) of objections are overturned by the CCLRB.
If the CCLRB does determine that the law enforcement objection to your Illinois Concealed Carry License application is valid, then you will be denied. However if you are denied all hope is not lost, because there is an appeals process. The appeals process requires filing within your circuit court, but may also include expungements and other legal processes to clear your record.
If you receive an objection to your concealed carry application, contact Alpha Koncepts and we can put you in touch with the proper people who can help you through the appeals process.