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Concealed Carry Law In Illinois Would Require Hours Of Training If Signed By Gov Quinn

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois lawmakers approved a measure earlier this year to legalize and regulate the carrying of concealed handguns.

Groups on both sides of the debate say hands-on training is an important part of the bill.   

In addition to the initial 16 hours of training, gun owners wanting to renew a permit after five years will have to return to the range for a refresher course.

That is a higher requirement than other states.

Residents will not have to pass a shooters test, or “qualify,” with the same gun they plan to carry in public.

Those on both sides of the debate over guns in Illinois agree that hands-on, “live fire” training is important for those who plan to carry a loaded weapon in public.

Governor Pat Quinn’s office says he’s now “carefully reviewing” the measure and has not said if he will sign it.