It's one step closer for those looking to get a concealed carry permit in Illinois. As of Sunday, the Illinois State Police has certified nine instructors in Adams County.
Those looking to get a concealed carry permit like John Gibson are taking the first step by familiarizing themselves with their handgun. Gibson said this is something everyone should consider.
"I just think it would be safer for everybody. If the criminals knew you were carrying a gun for the simple reason that they would be scared. With all the violence going on around the world, you know things are changing and people have the right to protect themselves," he said.
Even though Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor Matt Courtney's curriculum is not yet approved, he said if you want to get a permit quickly, you would want to take the NRA basic pistol shooting course now.
"Whereas if you get it out of the way now, you get on a waiting list. You get yourself to the head of the line when we do start that second 8-hour curriculum," he said.
Courtney's confident the NRA basic pistol shooting course will count towards the first 8 hours because he says Illinois guidelines are very similar but it's not a guarantee. He's sure there will be a lot of people signing up to get their permit as soon as they can.
"Illinois waited a long time for this to happen and now that it's here. It's not a cheap thing but there's a huge interest in it," he said.
Courtney said the next step is for the Illinois State Police to approve his curriculum. He said that could take anywhere from about a month until January of 2014.
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