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Cook County leads the state in number of conceal-carry applications

Semi-automatic handguns are on display for purchase at Capitol City Arms Supply Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Months of debate about Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry came to an end when lawmakers narrowly beat a federal court deadline and adopted a carry law over Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's objections, shifting the focus to how to carry out the new law across the state's 102 counties. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Semi-automatic handguns are on display for purchase at Capitol City Arms Supply Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Months of debate about Illinois' last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry came to an end when lawmakers narrowly beat a federal court deadline and adopted a carry law over Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's objections, shifting the focus to how to carry out the new law across the state's 102 counties. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Cook County leads the rest of the state in applications for concealed-carry permits. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

SPRINGFIELD — About one-quarter of the 23,000-plus concealed-carry applications received so far by the Illinois State Police have come from Cook County, the agency reported Wednesday.

The State Police released a county-by-county breakdown of applicants, offering the first look at where the most geographic demand exists for authority to carry handguns in public places.

The only trend that seems apparent from the data is that the largest volume of applicants is coming from Illinois’ most populous and crime-prone counties, which isn’t altogether surprising, agency spokeswoman Monique Bond said.

[Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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