If you want to legally carry a concealed gun in Illinois, your application will be available after the first of the year. But before citizens can register, instructors must stand in line for their own certification.
"I've instructed friends on how to shoot guns and everybody's like 'Hey you're pretty good at that.' So I thought why not take it a step further and I got my instructor certification through the NACFI, which is the National Association of Certified Firearms Instructors, " says Rena Kerchner, of Freeport.
Kerchner submitted that certificate, along with other paperwork, to the Illinois State Police, securing a spot as one of the first 50 authorized concealed carry instructors in Illinois.
Since Kerchner received that confirmation, the list has grown exponentially. Four hundred more instructors were added in the last 24 hours.
"The Illinois State Police, they've had some growing pains, and they've put some people in place," says Kerchner. "They've hired back some retired commanders and I think they're getting the ball rolling."
Kerchner has since been working to finalize the details on her end. She decided make a business out of it, 'Cloaked Carry LLC.'
"The state requires you to teach five basic things, firearm safety, basic principles of marksmanship, care/cleaning. You need to talk about all the applicable state and federal laws, and your interaction with the police," says Kerchner.
The state still needs to look over some of the finer details. The curriculum should be approved by October 30th. When that happens, Kerchner says she's prepared to start her classes right away.
"We're looking at eight hours a day, so if it's an eight hour course you can get through it in a day. If it's a 16 hour course you'll be in for Saturday and Sunday."
Around 1000 people have applied to be Illinois concealed carry instructors. Eleven are approved in Winnebago county, four in Stephenson and one in Boone. The full list can be found on the Illinois State Police website.
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