Sunday, Mar 9, 2014
Concealed Carry Classes Begin Filling Up
MT. VERNON -- Illinois State Police will begin processing concealed carry applications in just three weeks. With the date quickly approaching, the demand for concealed carry training has increased.
"I've trained around 100 people," says Clint Taylor with the Southern Illinois Concealed Carry Academy. "The thing I feel is the most important is the law and how to apply the law if you are forced to use deadly force to defend yourself or your family."
Taylor teaches several concealed carry courses every month. It's a class he figured would become very popular after the Illinois General Assembly made concealed carry the law this last summer. He was right.
"I get multiple calls and questions everyday about this," he says.
Gun owners who register for a permit are required to complete concealed carry training. Even ex-military members like Mt. Vernon's Kris Chamness.
"Half of it was classroom instruction and half of it was on the range, where you are doing the live qualification," Chamness explains.
He spent four years in the military, but says the course still taught him plenty about gun safety.
"I was a lot more surprised than I expected to be. I learned a lot more than I anticipated. I went in there with the thought that he is not going to tell me anything that I don't already know."
Most classes last two days and focus on firearm safety, proper shooting form, and the laws regarding firearm use.
"Upon successful completion of training with me, I issue a certificate that you will use when you apply for your license that says that you have met the 16 hour requirements," says Taylor.
State police will start accepting concealed carry applications in January. The new law dictates the agency must give all qualified applications their permit within 90 days.
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