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Police train for new concealed carry law


Illinois State Police are about to issue the state's first concealed carry permits. But before they do the state has been training their troopers in how to deal with people who will legally carry guns.


"Always assume everybody has a weapon on them. But that doesn't necessarily mean you are going to be taking them to jail," says Trooper Dan Balsley of the Illinois State Police.


He is leading a class for the District 16 State Police on dealing with concealed carry. Troopers and all law enforcement officers across the state have to change their way of thinking. Earlier this year, Illinois legalized the right for people to carry concealed firearms.


"Up until this point a loaded firearm concealed on a person unless they were a police officer would have been considered a threat," says Master Sergeant Carl Heintz of the Illinois State Police


State police are currently training officers how to handle someone who might be legally allowed to have a gun, even if they have a warrant. That could happen if someone missed a court date for a traffic issue. That doesn't void their right to carry concealed but a trooper will have to hold that gun if someone needs to be taken in.


"We have to deal with how we treat that firearm, safe guard it and get it back to the licensee," says Heintz.


But police know there will be other instances where they will be taking away firearms such as if an officer suspects a DUI or if person becomes a subject of an investigation.


"In the event let's say someone if accused of let's say domestic violence and they leave in their car and we encounter them in their car, we are going to have to find out if they are carrying a concealed weapon, secure it and then conduct our investigation," says Heintz.


Under Illinois law people have to take a concealed carry class and be issued a permit by the state police in order to carry concealed. Officials say the first permits are being sent to new license holders on Friday. Illinois State Police say they've approved 5,000 applications so far.

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