Interest in gun-safety classes spikes with new Illinois law

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GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Some gun-shop owners say they're not seeing a huge boom in sales following passage of Illinois' new concealed carry law. But interest in firearms training classes is up.

Preston Johnson owns Galesburg Guns, Gear and Ammo. He tells The Register-Mail in Galesburg ( that he's taking many calls from people wanting information.

Johnson says many people who wanted guns bought them after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in anticipation of a crackdown on gun ownership that hasn't happened.

Firearms instructor Casey Fuller says he hasn't started planning a curriculum yet for his first Illinois-specific class. He already has about 900 people on a waiting list.

Illinois this month became the last state to allow residents to carry concealed firearms. Lengthy training is required to get a concealed carry permit.


Information from: The Register-Mail,

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