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Interest in concealed carry classes reported high

ALTON – People planning to apply for concealed carry gun licenses are flocking to required firearms classes in anticipation of the Jan. 5 opening of the application process.

The (Alton) Telegraph reported that instructors in southwestern Illinois say classes are filling up fast.

Anyone applying for the license must have completed a 16-hour course from an Illinois State Police approved instructor.

One instructor, Mark Maggos of Trigger Talent in Godfrey, said he has classes scheduled for many weekends ahead. Another business, Ramparts Range in Pocahontas, has trained 650 people since October.

In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of a concealed firearm. Illinois State Police officials have said they anticipate 400,000 applications in the first year.

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