Sangamon County officials say they won’t hesitate to deny concealed carry applications in cases where they think the applicant may pose a risk to themselves or others.
Undersheriff Jack Campbell says the safety of county residents will take top priority, and says while the county will try to process every application in a timely manner, it will also take whatever time is needed to ensure that permits don't go to people who shouldn't have them.
Local law enforcement has the power to reject concealed carry applications, even if the applicant passes a criminal background check.
Campbell says indications of mental illness or violent behavior could be enough to red-flag an application. But he admits that he’s concerned about the potential for liability if a county resident is denied a permit and takes legal action over the decision.