The Public Safety Appropriations panel approved $33 million Tuesday to set up a system to regulate concealed carry.
The measure was part of a $46.6 million supplemental appropriation. However, Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) said only around $500,000 of that money was new general-revenue spending.
Under the measure, the Illinois State Police would have the authority to pay for additional staff and equipment to set up concealed carry with money from $150 permit fees.
Concealed carry was approved by legislators last summer after a federal appeals court ruled the state's ban against the practice was unconstitutional.
Concealed carry permits will be available in January. As many as 300,000 applicants are expected for the first year.
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