Businesses see big increase in concealed carry industry in Illinois

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by Brittany Noble / News 4 | @brittanyNoble

KMOV.com

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 7:40 PM

 (KMOV)-- Business is booming in the concealed carry industry in Illinois with 400,000 people expected to apply for a license this year.

January 5 is the first day firearm carriers can apply online.

Mark Maggos, the owner of Trigger Talent in Godfrey said his phone has been ringing nonstop for months.

He taught 80 people within the last two months with 80 more registered to take his class in the coming months.  He said he expects business to triple after Illinois State Police start accepting Concealed Carry licenses.

Students pay $175 for two 8-hour sessions. Maggos said most of the people who sign up for the class are in their 60’s, and 15 percent of them are women. 

“Very happy to get as many good people with guns on the street as possible,” said Maggos.

The Department’s Concealed Carry website address can be accessed by clicking here.  The ISP will continue to regularly update its concealed carry FAQ’s on the website with information regarding the Illinois Concealed Carry program.

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