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The Hinsdale Police Department held a class on Illinois’ Firearm Concealed Carry Act. The class was attended by about 30 people.

The class included gun owners and non-gun owners who were interested in learning more about the law, which went into effect on July 2, 2014.

Hinsdale officers Michael Coughlin and Louis Hayes led the class and explained that the law permits a person to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun, either fully or partially concealed, and keep it in a vehicle.

The law does not cover rifles, shotguns, BB guns, Tasers or stun guns.

The officers said that a person must have a valid Firearms Owners Identification card, must complete at least 16 hours of training and pass a firing test and cannot have been found guilty in the past five years of a misdemeanor involving physical force or violence or the threat of physical force to any person in order to obtain a license.

The officers also explained the legalities involved with using a gun when there is an intruder. If someone catches a burglar in his or her home, the homeowner does not have the right to shoot the burglar, unless the burglar appears ready to harm the homeowner.

Hayes said, “That’s what a gun is for, to protect you and your family, not your 40-inch high definition TV.”

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