So far, more than 50 instructors have been approved to train Illinois residents applying for applications to carry concealed weapons. 54 instructors have been OK'd for the program, most of them in northern Illinois. Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says as many as 1,000 more applications have been received. In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of firearms. Anyone who wants to apply for a concealed-carry license must complete 16 hours of training from a state-approved instructor. The instructor also must use the state's training curricula. Applications for concealed-carry licenses will be available from state police beginning Jan. 5. A list of instructors can be found at the State Police web site.
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