The owner of local firearms businesses continue to be encouraged by the numbers he is seeing as the desire to get a concealed carry license is apparently growing. Most say as soon as they can schedule a class, it usually fills up, and the process starts all over again. Sixteen hours of training are required to obtain a license.
But concealed carry may not be for everyone, according to Alton Police Department Public Information Officer Emily Hejna.
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People who want to carry guns in public can start applying for permits, but they won’t likely be issued until April. That’s a couple weeks behind the originally scheduled March date.