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The growing possibility that Illinois will enact a concealed-carry law has certified firearms instructors like Greg Powell busier than usual.

He taught two classes in Decatur on Saturday. Ninety-five people attended his morning class and 80 people were registered for his afternoon class.

“Usually our classes run 20 to 30 people,” Powell said before Saturday’s events.

Powell, of Marion, and his wife Patricia Snyder are National Rifle Association-certified instructors and Utah and Florida concealed-carry certified instructors. They offer courses in Illinois because Utah and Florida non-resident permits are valid in more than 30 states. A Utah or Florida permit allows an Illinois resident to legally carry a concealed weapon while traveling, even though he or she can’t do so in Illinois.

Source: Lauren Leone-Cross for The State Journal-Register

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