Instructors: concealed carry business still brisk

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CRYSTAL LAKE, IL (AP) – Concealed carry instructors in Illinois say business is brisk, even as tens of thousands of residents have become licensed to carry the hidden weapons.

The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports 40,000 Illinois residents have received concealed carry licenses and the Illinois State Police expect thousands more to apply.

Instructor Susan Parker says there was a boost in business in January, but said there’s been a recent increase in interest in the training since the spring thaw.

The Illinois concealed carry law took effect Jan. 1, requiring applicants to complete 16 hours of instruction following a curriculumthat’s been approved by the state police.

The state is the last in the nation to allow the practice and officials have said they expect about 300,000 applications to be filed this year.
Information from: The Northwest Herald,


  • Cit Riverview

    That all well and good, but there’s not reciprocity with Missouri. so I still wont go to ILL for anything .

  • Bob McGarry

    With all the heavy restrictions that goes with the Illinois CCW, many gun owners wonder if it is worth getting a liscence. If you do defend yourself in illinois, I hope you take out some insurance like CCWSafe or a similar policy. The laws for CCW in Illinois are still too vauge that they can be easily misinterpreted. I think I will just keep a valid FOID card and skip the get in jail for free CCW permit.

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