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People in Rockford area prep for concealed carry

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With a federal court tossing out Illinois' ban on concealed carry, some people and businesses in the Rockford area are already planning ahead. One Loves Park business host a concealed carry class tonight. Although with no Illinois law on the books yet there's no way to know if the concealed carry certification the store offers will be accepted, but it is far reaching.

"The Utah permit its recognized in 33 states. So you can carry on a Utah permit in Indiana for instance or Wisconsin," says Kenny Polhamus, KAP Guns owner.

The State of Utah offers permits for non-residents. They just have to go through a class with a certified instructor. One instructor, John Royster says even if Illinois chooses not to recognize Utah's permit when Illinois' concealed carry law is written, the course still gives important information.

"It also covers basically how to shoot, when to shoot and I teach people to mentally preparing how to shoot and how to use good communication skills so that people don't necessarily get involved in shootings," says Royster.

Even though a concealed carry law is coming some people worry about what the changes could mean.

"I think they shouldn't do it because it's going to spark up more violence," says Eugene Miller.

"The consequences will be there will be more guns on the street, more people using guns," says Lee Schreiner.

But others argue it's about safety.

"I think they should allow concealed weapons because you know who might be trying something, who might be carrying something," says Robert DeWalt.

"If these guys who are out there committing these crimes have to think twice about jumping that guy or that lady that's a plus," says Polhamus.

KAP Guns already has another Utah Concealed Carry Class planned for January 9th.

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