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No Guns Allowed signs going up on official Illinois buildings

Illinois State Police are sorting through thousands of applications for concealed carry permits. In the meantime, local law enforcement, city officials and gun shop owners prepare for what's next. 

Police estimate the first permits should be issued by the middle of next month. That's why there are No Guns Allowed signs already posted on city buildings, sheriff's deputies getting ready to train and gun stores stocking up.

Driving through Illinois you may notice those signs on buildings like Mt. Carmel City Hall telling the public guns are not welcome. 

"It's just a reminder," said Rudy Witsman, Mt. Carmel's City Clerk.

A reminder required by law. One some hope will keep them safe when those living in Illinois start to receive their concealed carry permits. 

"You have to deal with some irate customers at times and you are sometimes, not often, but sometimes you can be a little concerned about well being," Witsman said. 

Just down the road, Norman Schuh, owner of Schuh's Firearms, is also preparing. He says he's already seen an increase in sales.

"I'm trying to keep the stock up, but it's hard to get stuff like that now because everybody's wanting to buy it," Schuh said.

In White County, where the sheriff says 89 people are waiting on their permits. Deputies are learning how to handle situations like pulling someone over that could involve a firearm.

"If we run that vehicle, or run the license, it will immediately inform us that, yeah, that individual has a concealed carry and might have a firearm with them," said White County Sheriff Doug Maier. 

Those 14 News spoke with say the arrangements they're having to make ahead of time are worth it because people now have the chance to protect.

"They feel like it's their right to be able to carry and protect themselves or their loved ones," Schuh said. 

"The world is just a little more dangerous place than it used to be. I think people want to be able to protect themselves and their families. This will give them the opportunity to be able to do that," Maier said.

Those applying for permits online must pass background checks go through 16 hours of training and pay fees. 

Once they have their license they cannot take their gun into certain places like schools, courts and libraries.

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