If you are among the 5,000 applicants who were approved for concealed carry licenses in Illinois, you may receive yours soon.
Some local enforcement agencies are concerned those licenses will fall into the wrong hands.
Illinois State Police started sending out licenses today. Authorities say more than 16,000 people filed papers for licenses by the end of January. Specifically in the Quad Cities area, police say they've received 385 applications from Rock Island County and more than one hundred each in Whiteside, Bureau and Knox counties.
Now that some of those residents will start to carry, Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd says his officers will continue what they always do and remain alert.
"The reality of it is that you are going to have people in vehicles that are armed and it shouldn't be that much different," Boyd said. "What we ask the folks that have the license, is to let the officer know."
Law enforcement agencies can object to applications and so far state police has received 800 objections statewide.
If the state denies an applicant a license, that decision can be appealed through a state review commission.