Gun safety courses see increase in students after home invasions

By WEEK Creative Services

Gun safety courses see increase in students after home invasions

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Central Illinois residents are reacting to the number of home invasions by increasingly arming themselves.

Mary Ann Zang, the owner of American Firearms in Peoria estimates as many as half of the students in her gun safety classes are there because of concern over home invasions.

She believes 20-percent of the guns she is selling are because people are concerned about protecting themselves. Others are people who already own a weapon, but want to learn how to use it properly.

"A firearm is a tool, and without the proper training on that tool, there's no sense in having it,” Zang said. “The last thing you want is to have something you bought for protection used against you.  So, for us, training is everything."

Added to those taking gun safety courses for personal safety are those who are also qualifying for concealed carry permits.

The state has approved about 1,800 concealed carry instructors. For a list of instructors approved to conduct Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms classes visit

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