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Dahleen Glanton: I participated in a concealed carry class, and it reaffirmed why I would never own a gun

Shortly after Illinois became the last state in the nation to make it legal to carry a concealed firearm, I decided to sit in on a training class.

I had no intention of owning a firearm, but as a reporter covering this developing story in 2013, I wanted to know what people who would be walking around with guns were being taught in the 16-hour course required to obtain a permit.

The instructor, Andre Queen, was a polite and unassuming man. He was a National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor, and he knew his

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