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Concealed-carry curriculum becoming clear

SPRINGFIELD -- Before anyone can learn how to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois, trainers must first know how to teach them.
SPRINGFIELD -- Before anyone can learn how to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois, trainers must first know how to teach them. Gun owners are still waiting to find out how and where they can get training. Tuesday night, WCIA-3's Ashley Michels met with one of only three approved instructors in our entire viewing area for a first-hand look at what those classes could entail.

For years, Illinois was the only state in the country which did not allow guns in public. Starting this fall, people who want to conceal and carry will be able to start their required training. It is a process that has a lot of gun owners scratching their heads. A lot of people are turning to Gavin McKee for answers.

"What is gonna be exempted and what's not? That's the biggest question."

McKee is one of the first approved instructors. The only problem is there are no approved courses yet. So, he cannot say for sure what will and will not be taught. But he says there are basic guidelines he will have to teach everyone.

"It'll obviously be safety first, and responsibility because to carry a firearm is a huge responsibility. Then they've got gun care, cleaning."

You will also learn the laws specific to Illinois, like where you can and cannot carry.

"To fill those 16 hours, you'll have to be very thorough with each category."

Plus, you will have to pass a live fire test. Some critics have argued 16 hours is too much, though, especially for more experienced shooters. But McKee says the extra practice will not hurt.

"Just because you can carry a firearm doesn't mean the timing's always right to do so. Even if you've shot for 50 years, you're gonna learn something from somebody."

State police say they should have the first courses approved by Monday. Once that's done, approved instructors can start teaching. But you still have to wait until January before you can apply for the full permit.
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