Gander Mountain opens firearms super store

By Alyssa Donovan

May 25, 2013 Updated May 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- One day after the Illinois House approves a concealed carry plan, there is a new place for gun owners to get their hands on equipment.

Gander Mountain is celebrating the grand opening of its Firearms Super store in Peoria this weekend.

It is the first in the state and sells new and used firearms, accessories, ammunition and security.

Friday, Illinois House lawmakers passed a plan that would issue a five-year license to carry a concealed firearm to anyone who meets the qualifications including a training course.

Governor Pat Quinn is against the measure because it would also automatically repeal local public safety ordinances, including Chicago's assault weapons ban.

Illinois is under pressure to enact a concealed carry law by June 9th.

The store manager Mike Whetstone declined to comment on the issue but says this store is what people were asking for.

Whetstone said, "We've changed our format and our customers have asked for a larger selection of our product we now offer for a long time. The response has been great and people like the change."

Gander Mountain has launched a campaign along with the opening: 'With Rights Comes Responsibility.'

It encourages owners to keep firearms out of the hands of under-aged, untrained and unauthorized individuals.

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