Gun ranges struggle to meet demand of concealed carry hopefuls - – Rockford’s News Leader

Illinois gun ranges struggle to meet demand of concealed carry hopefuls


The promise of concealed carry has gun ranges around Illinois struggling to keep up with demand. Thousand of residents want to practice their hand at shooting.

Applicants for the permit must have enough experience to pass a shooting test as part of the required 16 hour training class.

 At Pine Tree Pistol Club in Rockford, two Sundays are reserved for public use each month. Managers say they're busier now than ever, and membership has doubled.

Brian Frayne, Pine Tree Pistol Club's Range Safety Officer says, "Since concealed carry has come into Illinois, the attendance at these events has increased dramatically. We have actually at time waiting lists for people to come in and use the facility."

 So far, about 46,000 concealed carry applications have been submitted. Officials expect about 300,000 to be filed by the end of the year.

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