Gun permits quicker with new machine


CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) – One Illinois county has some new technology to help you get your concealed carry license.

This one machine saves this jail time and brings in the dough.

“It’s going to generate some extra revenue for the sheriff’s office. We’re going to be able to keep part of the money,” said Fred Chinn, Crawford County jail administrator.

It can also save Illinois residents precious minutes.

New concealed carry laws in Illinois made it possible for the Crawford County jail to use their live scan, an electronic fingerprint scanning machine, to process gun permits.

“Basically, what speeds up the process is the record of the fingerprints and the photo really makes it a lot quicker,” said Chinn.

The machine can send your information and electronic fingerprints directly to the bureau of identification in a matter of seconds. Much less time than ink prints.

“This thing is hooked up to the B of I. Bureau of Identification. It goes to Peoria. It transmits like that. Probably about 30 seconds, it’s sent,” said Chinn.

The price might be a little different. For ink prints, it’s $5 per card. This live scan is $50.

But the upside is you’ll get your permit sooner.

“Basically on the ink card, it’s the same way. The same template. (it just takes twice as long) it just takes twice as long,” said Chinn. “It will, probably two to four weeks extra, if they ink the prints.”

And for the jail, it’s all positive. It’s quicker and error-free.

“I can take one set. Some people require two to three sets of the ink prints. This makes sure you get the quality of the print. This thing will not let you take a bad print, so it makes it a lot quicker and have a lot less error,” said

And the extra money will go right back into the machine.

“We’ll probably keep it for live scan maintenance. To keep the live scan going, it’s going to be about $4,500 a year. So it will probably go right back into that to help with maintenance fees,” said Chinn.

Officials say they’re the only ones up and running for concealed carry in the Illinois part of the Wabash Valley.

They’re also hoping to be approved by next week to move most of their manual fingerprinting system to this electronic scanner. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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