Demand is high for gun training programs required by the state’s concealed carry law. Anyone applying for a license in Illinois has to complete 16 hours of training – the most out of any state.

Jeff James, who offers courses with the KARD Protection Group in Bloomingdale, has still been impressed with how many people want to sign up. “In our opinion, it’s been amazingly high,” James said.

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Most of the students are men in their 30s or 40s, according to James. He says people have been surprised about how many hours of training they have to complete, but many are unaware that previous courses can be credited towards that requirement.

The state expects to make the first license applications available in January.

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