In just a few short
lawmakers will be forced to address one of the states biggest controversies...concealed
carry. So to prepare for what he calls the inevitable, one man is hosting
firearms training classes that could allow Stateliners to carry guns across
most of the United States.
Ricky Davis plays
host to the training classes allowing participants to brush up on gun safety
at his Rockford business he says". if you're going
to have concealed carry you should know how to shoot a gun and you should be
able to hit a target from a short distance ." originally the classes were designed for family and friends, but Davis
says the class popularity has since exploded, and now includes a wide variety
of students from across the Stateline. He
told us "its not the young white male or the young black male--we have
sixty year olds, we have seventy year old ladies--we have 20 year olds, 30 year
olds everybody in this class that is concerned about safety ..."
Retired police officer John Royster teaches
the gun safety classes, a strong advocate of concealed carry he says when it comes down to it--concealed
carry is about protecting Stateline
residents telling our cameras ".its kind of like putting your
seatbelt on in your car, even very few of us get into car accidents but it
makes you feel safe .."
safe Royster says concealed carry would act as a natural deterrent forcing would be criminals to think
twice --though he admits there are some exceptions adding, ".and not that this would be a
deterrent for all criminals, because some criminals will target anybody--but
after concealed carry this will deter a lot of crimes .."
Royster just hopes Illinois politicians
will make what he calls the right decision