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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Skeet shooters sound off on gun control

  • The Harrisburg Hunters Club is a good place to discuss the Second Amendment. The opinions of these sport-minded gun owners are predictable, but rational.
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  • The Harrisburg Hunters Club is a good place to discuss the Second Amendment. The opinions of these sport-minded gun owners are predictable, but rational.
    "You need to enforce the laws that are on the books," said Ron Fearheiley, Harrisburg City Commisioner and avid skeetshooter. "All this controversy has done is to increase the cost of guns and ammo.
    "I think the future of gun ownership is good in Illinois, but a lot of people are running on emotion rather than common sense. I think common sense will prevail."
    Kerry Jones is also a member of the club and teaches firearm safety classes for the NRA and Southeastern Illinois College.
    "With all the bills that are up there in Springfield? There will probably be a concealed carry law, but what kind? We won't know until we see the final bill," he said. "There are enough laws right now if they would only enforce them."
    Asked if gun control ever works he said, "No matter what you do the criminals will always have guns. The only thing you ever accomplish with gun control is to take the guns out of the hands of the law-abiding citizens. I teach the hunter education course for the state of Illinois. I also teach the Utah concealed carry course. You can carry in 36 states with the Utah card. I had to go to Utah to take classes before I could teach it."
    Jones believes in concealed carry as a form of self-protection.
    "I really feel for the good citizens of Chicago. They have no way to protect themselves. I am glad I live in Southern Illinois. I can hunt, fish and do what I like. I wouldn't live in Chicago," he said.
    The recent controversy over gun rights has led to an increase in the size of Jones' classes.
    "My Utah concealed carry class is way up. I am teaching 300 people at a time. It's a four hour course. The NRA class for handguns is an eight hour class. A lot more women are signing up," said Jones.
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