Rolling out instructions for concealed carry

By Denise Jackson

October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM CDT

GERMANTOWN HILLS, Ill. -- Some instructors who will soon be teaching concealed carry training courses are expecting large classes.

Instructor Lee Merriman expects to be spending a lot more time on the shooting range when he starts teaching applicants seeking concealed carry licenses in Illinois.

"I don't intend to use any kind of a screen or anything like this or a projector because in my past job if you kept somebody working on a screen for 20 minutes they were bored to death. So they like the person up front to be hands on," he said.

The 16-hour course will resemble that of a basic firearm training session. It will include discussion on the state's recently approved concealed carry law, firearm safety and shooting range qualifications.

Instructor Robert Hundemer says safety is a big part of the curriculum.

"There was just a lot of material to go over with the concealed and carry Act and there was stuff in there that you just really have to go through and make sure that's exactly and re-read it," he said.

Individuals who have served in the military or have a concealed carry license from another state will not be required to take the full 16 hour firearm training course.

So far state has approved nearly 800 instructors. While residents may take classes now they won't be able to apply for a concealed carry license until January 5th of next year.

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