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In the state of Illinois gun range owners around are stating that they’re struggling to keep up with demand, as thousands of residents try to meet guidelines to get new concealed-carry permits. All concealed gun permit applicants have to attend at least 16 hours of training before they can apply for the licenses. The requirements include spending at least an hour at a gun range and passing a live-fire exercise involving shooting at least 30 rounds.

So far, about 46,000 applications for concealed carry permits have been submitted to Illinois State Police. Officials expect about 300,000 applications to be filed this year.

“Some facilities have had people waiting in their cars because they couldn’t get them in the building,” Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, told the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1poSTLp ).

There can often be a wait for range time, even at the state’s largest indoor gun range — GAT Guns in East Dundee. And at J.R. Shooting Sports in Aurora, there’s a waiting list to use the 10-lane indoor range on weekends.

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