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Conceal Carry Causing Controversy

Brett Blume @brettblumekmox
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ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) – Two months after the law took effect there still seems to be a lot of confusion about where you can and can not carry a concealed weapon in Illinois.

Gary Hawkins, the owner of Alton-based Sure-Shot Safety, isn’t sure why that is, given that every state in the union had something on the books before Illinois got around to approving conceal-carry.

“I think they could have done a better job considering they’re the last state to pass it. They had plenty of others examples to go from,” says Hawkins.

He’s been slammed with new clients signing up for firearms safety lessons since conceal-carry was signed into law.

Meanwhile, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons has been meeting with business owners to explain their options.

“Whether or not they’re going to allow that and if they are, then that’s just fine. They don’t have to do anything but if they’re not, then they have to put up proper signage,” says Gibbons.

Illinois State Police have been processing well over 30,000 applications and expect to begin issuing conceal-carry permits early next week.

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