ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It's been nearly three months since Illinois residents have been able to apply for a concealed carry permit. As the application numbers increase, so does business at a local gun range.
Ruth Brodeske is checking out Pine Tree Pistol Club in Rockford; she wants to learn how to shoot a gun.
"Life isn't as safe as it used to be many years ago, so I just think it's better to make sure I'm safe in my home and in my neighborhood," said Brodeske.
Brodeske hopes to eventually get her concealed carry permit. So far, about 46,000 people have applied for concealed carry in Illinois. State police expect about 300,000 applications by the end of this year.
Jesse Weston, Vice President of Pine Tree Pistol Club, has seen the affects of the new concealed carry law at his club.
"Our NRA Basic Pistol classes have been filling up," explains Weston.
The eight-hour class can be used toward the 16 hours of training required to get a concealed carry license. Pine Tree Pistol Club is open 24 hours a day to members, which can help ease the crowds. Weston believes more gun ranges could also help.
He says, "Any time that you can have more gun ranges where people can come in and practice and use their firearm and be more safe and competent with their firearms, that's what we're all about."
There are three indoor gun ranges in the Rockford area. Click on the 'Related Links' to check out their hours and training course schedules.