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The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.

A new law allows the carrying of concealed weapons. Police estimate there'll be 400,000 applications for "carry" permits in the first year.

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A proposal to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny is headed for a full Senate vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The companion bill passed 84 - 10 in the state House last month.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is opposing a National Rifle Association-backed effort to block public access to the state's handgun carry permits. Ramsey says the ability to scrutinize the identities of people with handgun carry permits strengthens gun advocates' arguments that they are worthy of carrying loaded firearms in public.