Phelps Releases Data On Concealed Carry Permits

One-half of one-percent of Illinoisans has received concealed carry permits since the first one was mailed out in February.

State Representative Brandon Phelps says 68,549 permits were issued through the end of July, while 83,183 people applied for permits.

Phelps says Williamson County has nearly 900 residents with permits while Jackson County has around 400. Williamson County has the 14th highest permit per capita rate in Illinois.

More than six-percent of residents in Saline and Massac Counties have concealed carry permits. Cook County has the highest number of permits but ranks 96th out of 102 counties with permits per capita.