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Concealed Carry To Mean Big Business In QCA

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Gun businesses say sales and demand for classes and training are already booming as Illinois residents begin getting their concealed carry permits.
     
Taking 16 hours of training to get it, they expect business to just keep going up.

Business owner Tim Baldwin said he and many others have been waiting for Illinois to get a concealed carry law for years.

"We're excited it's finally gotten done, and although not perfect, I think it's pretty good," said Baldwin, co-owner of Shooting Sports in Moline.     

Baldwin took over Shooting Sports in Moline with his partner last year, just in time for Illinois to get the law and give them a big business boost. 

"Certainly it's going to increase business," said Baldwin. "We'll be busier with our training facility, our range will be busier, not only with our instructors and students but other instructors and students."

Baldwin said depending on just how much business takes off, they may expand their range and hire more instructors. And it's not just his business but others offering training that expect to profit too.

"Hopefully it'll be a boost for them and a boost for the economy," said Darin Oberhart, owner of QCI Firearms Training. "Gun sales have been at astronomical levels. Hopefully it will just continue that trend."
     
Oberhart teaches gun safety courses and his phone has been ringing off the hook with interest. Even businesses that don't offer classes expect to rake in the cash too.

"There will be a boost in business yes, because now people are going to have to come over and get concealed guns" said Randy Fulton, owner of R&K Arms. "Before it was all planking guns, bigger frame guns, that kind of stuff, now you have to come back to concealed carry guns."
    
While concealed carry permits and classes aren't available just yet businesses say it's just a matter of time.