Illinois Concealed Carry Applications Outpace Obamacare Enrollment

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | January 7, 2014 | 11:54 AM EST

In the land of Lincoln, more residents are applying to ensure their protection with firearms than are signing up to insure themselves with Obamacare.

In Illinois, which last summer became the last state to allow their residents to carry concealed firearms,  applications for concealed carry permits are now outpacing Obamacare enrollment according to today's Chicago Sun Times.

The Times mentioned that "on the first full day of an online sign-up, more than 4,500 concealed carry applicants gunned it to a state website to register for state permits, the Illinois State Police confirmed Monday."

Additionally, "authorities have estimated 350,000 to 400,000 people will sign up for permits to carry their handguns in public within the first year of the law's passing - close to 1,000 people a day."

Peter Frost at the Chicago Tribune wrote last December that, "the enrollment figures, which include sign-ups from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, are less than 30 percent of the federal government's projection of 24,310 for the state during that time frame, according to The Associated Press."  That's about 400 per day, less than half the pace of concealed carry applications.

So, it seems that support for the Second Amendment is once more trampling the demand for sub-par health care.