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17 in McHenry County complete free conceal carry classes offered by state rep



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Photos provided by Rep. Skillicorn's office

Crystal Lake, IL – State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) offered free Conceal and Carry Training for 66th District constituents in July. Seventeen participants received their certificates.

Gary Daugherty of the Firearm Safety Institute conducted the training for Skillicorn's classes.

“I really appreciated the Representative having the courage to offer this kind of class at no cost to his constituents. It tangibly demonstrates his commitment to the Second Amendment in a way I haven’t seen from other representatives in Illinois,” Daugherty said.

Training was conducted over two Saturdays with the range qualification at Fox Valley Shooting Range at 780 S. McLean Blvd in Elgin. The facility owners, Mark and Kitty Glavin, along with their son Brant, offered the use of their range before their official opening on July 30.

“I appreciated the Glavins’ allowing us to break in the brand new lanes at their amazing facility in Elgin," Skillicorn said. "I wish them much success in the opening of their new business in Illinois, when so many have been forced to leave the state due to burdensome regulations and taxation, especially a firearm business with the kind of hostility demonstrated toward it by the majority Democrats who control the General Assembly.”

Several of those participating in the class praised Skillicorn's effort.

Jenna Middleton of Lake In the Hills said, “Thank you Allen for allowing me to participate in the NRA Concealed Carry Class. As a mother of two young girls I thought of how important it would be to learn the basics of firearm safety especially in the type of world we are living in. The amount of knowledge I learned in these classes was indescribable. The fact that I’m exercising my Second Amendment rights as an American AND that I’m protecting my family makes this a win-win situation.  The information I learned regarding firearm laws and safety will graciously be passed down to my children and generations to come. Thank you for your continued efforts in defending our rights as gun owners! We appreciate you standing with us.”

A woman named Sue said, “Thank you again…Allen for giving the CCW class.  Gary brought up the topic of low income people not being able to afford to do this on his/her own due to the expense. You did have at least one person in class that is on disability and in that very situation. What an invaluable gift you gave, especially to that person.”

Rick Cox of Crystal Lake said, “Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!  The training was very good and I'm glad that safety was stressed so much.  I look forward to obtaining my CCW and improving my ability to defend my family, myself, and my community.”

Steve Miles of Crystal Lake said, “The class provided me with information and knowledge to safely exercise my 2nd amendment right. Thank you for this opportunity.”

Jim Sanford, an NRA Life Member, said, “The CCW course provided by Representative Skillicorn was an important service to his constituents and provided the information and practical training needed for participants to become safer and more responsible gun owners.”

Robert Brugh of Lake In The Hills said, “Allen I would like to thank you for this opportunity.  It was a truly great experience.  With wonderful people.  It opened my eyes as to [sic] my rights, and responsibilities as a citizen and a neighbor.  I hope this is just the beginning of programs like this.”

Skillicorn stated, “The enthusiasm demonstrated by theses constituents was inspiring. I hope that this is just the first of many classes I am able to offer as the more well-trained and well-armed the citizen, the safer our nation.”


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