You've probably heard of Tupperware and jewelry parties in peoples homes, but what about a gun safety party? That's just what one Rockford man is doing.
Rick Davis owns a property management company. His wife and youngest daughter Callie work with him. They say sometimes they find themselves in dangerous situations when showing or inspecting homes, and want to do something about it. "Crime has been so high lately so I feel like we should have the option of carry guns and protecting ourselves," says Callie.
To keep his family and his co-workers safe, Rick will host a concealed carry class in his workshop. The idea is to help everyone apply for the Utah permit while the future of Illinois concealed carry is still uncertain.
Rick says taking a similar class at a gun club or shooting range can be overwhelming for some beginners. "There's not going to be any of that intimidation here, it's gonna be, let's learn the class, lets get past when the laws come we'll get the concealed carry for 32 states when Illinois comes we hope we can reciprocate into it, or be close that we have enough criteria that we'll only need to jump through a few small hoops," says Rick.
Even without a concealed carry law yet in Illinois, Rick's wife Jean says having the knowledge is still important. "I think it's always good to be informed this is a big issue right now and I just think just getting to be more familiar with gun laws and knowing how to protect yourself," says Jean.
This is the first class Rick will host. He says the idea has been so popular, he may look into having more.