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"It's better to have it than not to have it," says concealed carry candidate Curt Fisher. 

Fisher is one of among a dozen people who showed up to be part of the first group of people from the QCA to try and get a concealed carry license. 

He owns a gun now, but needs the license to take it where it wants, legally. 

"I feel like it's like carrying a fire extinguisher in each of my cars and several places in my home... It's something I hope I never have to use and I don't expect to use it," says Fisher.

But, it may be awhile before he even has the chance to use it in Illinois.

Applciations for concealed carry can't even be submitted until January.

And before that paperwork can be turned into the state - he must take a 16 hour class, taught by a licensed professional.

A licensed professional like Howard Malchi.

Malchi, retired 22 year vet on the Rock Falls police force, is one of nearly 1500 trained instructors from across the state. 

A resonsibility he doesn't take lightly.

"If you're going to own a firearm, it's a deadly weapon," he says. "You should know how to use it and use it safely and properly. I'd rather provide that information than withhold it from someone."

Although there are more instructors being approved by the state of Illinois each day, a large majority of them are in the Chicago land area, according to the Illinois State Trooper information.

That leaves only a handfull in places like Rock Island, Henry and Whiteside Counties.

But still, Malchi says people in the QCA will want their licenses - despite some dealys.

And the applicants agree, it's well worth the wait.

"If you were one of the people in that theatre when a nut begins shooting people, I'd want to have the ability to save innocent lives, and save my own," says Fisher. "I would feel terrible if I had the opportunity to do that and I passed it up."

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