Officials say concealed carry permits are coming to Illinois in January, and the first classes of the mandated training have started here in the tri-states.
John Elliot was one of several people taking part in one of the first concealed carry classes in Quincy Saturday morning.
But, this isn't the first time Elliot has shot a gun.
"Since I was ten years-old, so a little better than 50 years," said Elliot.
Even though Elliot says he knows his way around a gun, he's required to take part in this 16- hour concealed carry training course to be eligible to apply for a permit in Illinois.
Elliot feels everyone should have the right to protect themselves, so the passage of the law was good news to him.
"Very happy. I investigated to find out where to sign up for classes almost immediately," said Elliot.
Great River Firearms Training instructor Matt Courtney says he thinks it's important that everyone is properly trained and educated about the program.
"Some folks came in unfamiliar with their firearms and unfamiliar with concealed carry obviously, and they're feeling a lot better about it now and it's very rewarding for us knowing that they're walking away knowing more about the program," said Courtney.
Elliot says being prepared is top priority.
"I don't think you can be over trained is what I need to say," said Elliot.
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