Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart denied 240 applicants looking to receive a concealed carry permit. Five of the applications had already been rejected by state police. Fourteen of the denied applicants are certified concealed carry trainers.
According to Dart's office 118 of the denials were for Chicago residents and 97 of those who won't be receiving a concealed carry permit live in the county's suburbs. Twenty-five of the denied parties no longer live in Cook County, but fall under Dart's jurisdiction because they lived in the county at one time in the last 10 years.
The concealed carry bids were denied because the applicants had criminal histories, including gun violations, battery, assault, and domestic violence. Some of the denials were also based off past gang activity, drug and sex crimes, burglary and theft. One of the applicants has been arrested 20 times, resulting in two convictions.
Dart has vocalized concerns about the concealed carry permit approval process, saying that it is "designed to fail and will put Illinois communities at increased risk." The sheriff says he plans to be especially critical in evaluating permit applications, denying the applications of those with one arrest over the last seven years on domestic violence, gang or gun possession charges.
Illinois State Police received more than 36,600 concealed carry applications as of Wednesday, and 8,722 of those seeking to carry concealed weapons live in Cook County.