Metro East firearms instructors lose licenses

Some Metro East firearms instructors could face charges if they ever try to teach again.

Illinois State Police yanked the teaching licenses of two St. Clair County men for skirting the new conceal-carry gun law. It requires students to train for at least 16 hours before they can get their permit to carry, but St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says students came forward claiming the instructors fell short.

"The information that we received about this particular class is that they weren't even close to getting the hours that they were supposed to have and that they weren't even complying with the spirit of this new law, so therefore we had to take some action even if that action was short of criminal prosecution," said Kelly.

Kelly says the men will be prosecuted if they attempt to instruct again. They have to refund the cost of the class to nearly 100 students, whose conceal-carry licenses are now invalid.

Authorities did not release the names of the men because they have not been charged.


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