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Local Instructors Weigh In On Improper Concealed Carry Training

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     If you're planning to get a permit in Illinois do some research before going through the required courses. More than a dozen firearms instructors have been revoked after hundreds of people got invalid training. Local instructors say they're glad the state isn't taking it lightly.

     Sixteen hours of training is required to qualify for an Illinois concealed carry permit. Donnie Pridemore Sr. has helped hundreds through the course so far and says it's something he and other local instructors take very seriously.

     "Carrying a concealed firearm requires a good amount of skill, good knowledge of the law," said Pridemore, a certified Illinois concealed carry instructor. But not everyone is getting it. Case in point: one student of his who originally took the course with someone else.

     "Once she started comparing notes found out she did not receive adequate training. Then she came to us to take the classes yet again," added Pridemore.

     State police have so far disqualified 13 instructors around the state. None of them are in the Quad Cities area, but it did impact more than 400 applicants who didn't get the proper training.

     "There are people that have jumped on this instructor bandwagon just to make a fast buck," said Darin Oberhart, Owner of QCI Firearms Training.

     Training can cost between $150 and $300. Denied applicants will be able to repeat training without paying the $150 permit fee to the state, but it's unclear if they'll have to pay new instructor the full fees for the course.

     "They may, they may not have to. It depends on the instructor they go to. I have heard about some instructors giving those people discounts," added Oberhart.

      Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd suggests you check around,  find out what kind of firearms background someone has, even get references before picking a place to train. They also recommend going beyond the 16 hours of required instruction.

     In general, he says he thinks the program to issue permits hasn't had too many issues but he'd like to see more communication from the state to local agencies on certain protocols.

     The state's concealed carry website lists the names of those disqualified as instructors as well as those who are still certified.


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