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Providing a summary of the state’s new concealed carry law and the process for conducting private firearm transactions, the Illinois State Police posted a press release Monday.

This column reported Friday on private transfer information being delayed for no apparent reason other than that’s what the ISP wanted to do.

“Today’s preview of the CCL [Concealed Carry License] application should provide the public with a glimpse into the application process a week before the application is posted on line,” ISP Colonel Marc Maton claimed. “We have built a system from the ground up and our dedicated team has met every deadline and milestone under the statutory requirements.”

But rather than provide a link to the CCL page, the announcement simply links website visitors back to the ISP busy home page, complicating the search for visitors.

As for the new procedures for private transfers, things are even more confounding.

“A private firearm transaction approval number can be requested 24/7 from the Illinois State Police preferably through the ISP website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/foidp2p.cfm, or by calling 217 524-3847 during normal business hours,” the announcement states. Problematically, clicking on the provided link at this writing results in a “Webpage Not Found” error message, which several other colleagues verified they could not open prior to publication of this article (see screenshot accompanying this article).

Further complicating matters, the two major newspapers, The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, provide no relevant reporting at this writing on the search term “Illinois State Police.”

With the past hostility of the ISP and establishment media, especially Chicago media, to the right to keep and bear arms, whether this indicates a coincidence or a resistance to providing information on guns to a public that wants it would seem a fair speculation.

UPDATE: Since this column was published, the errant link now goes to a page that states:

Person to Person Firearm(s) Transfer

430 ILCS 65/3(a-10) - Any person who is not a federally licensed firearm dealer and who desires to transfer or sell a firearm or firearms to any person who is not a federally licensed firearm dealer shall, before selling or transferring the firearms, contact the Department of State Police with the transferee's or purchaser's Firearm Owner's Identification Card number to determine the validity of the transferee's or purchaser's Firearm Owner's Identification Card. This subsection shall not be effective until January 1, 2014. The Department of State Police may adopt rules concerning the implementation of this subsection. The Department of State Police shall provide the seller or transferor an approval number if the purchaser's Firearm Owner's Identification Card is valid. Approvals issued by the Department for the purchase of a firearm pursuant to this subsection are valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

View the entire Gun Safety and Responsibility Act on the Illinois General Assembly's website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/98/098-0508.htm.

Significantly, it also states:

FOID card status inquiry for private fiream [sic] transfer coming soon.

It had better, as the law takes effect in two days.

UPDATE (01/01/14): The transfer link is now up and presumably working.

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