SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) and the Second Amendment Foundation have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to force the Illinois State Police (ISP) to comply with the mandated 90 and 120-day requirements to issue a Concealed Carry License if the applicant meets all qualifications.
Richard Pearson, ISRA executive director, said the law gives the Illinois State Police a certain amount of time to respond to license applications and they routinely far exceed the allotted time.
He added the delays are “unacceptable and a lawsuit at this point seems to be the only way to get them stopped.”
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division and is known as Luce v. Kelly. Named as defendants are ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly and ISP Firearms Services Bureau Chief Jarod Ingebrigtsen, in their official capacities.
ISRA said the Illinois State Legislature requires the ISP to either approve or deny an application for a CCL card within either 90 days if the applicant submits fingerprints with the application, or within 120 days (if the applicant does not submit fingerprints.
They claim that despite the statutory command, however, the ISP routinely ignore thee requirements and take months to respond to requests.