The Illinois State Police has approved approximately 1,000 instructors to provide the 16 hours of required training, to anyone who wants to carry a concealed weapon.
The volume of Illinois residents expected to apply for concealed-carry permits in the first year could fill Wrigley Field 10 times, effectively creating a new and rapidly growing industry: Gun instructors.
And as the list continues to grow, there are clear signs that when the training does begin, business will be brisk. John Jackson, co-owner of Capital City Arms Supply in Springfield, learned as much almost immediately after his name popped up on the state police’s website identifying him as an approved concealed carry instructor.
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