SPRINGFIELD -- Gun rights supporters fear the new president will get Congress to impose new gun control laws. That fear triggered a surge in gun sales nationwide after the election in November.
Instead of waiting, more people are exercising their right to personal protection.
"I know Obama said he wouldn't take away any of our gun rights but that remains to be seen," said Glen Hirsch, who was buying a gun on a recent day.
In Springfield, concealed carry courses are booked full through April.
"I want to be able to have it when I need it," said Kevin Hale of Aurora.
Instructors even added Sunday sessions.
"The demand for this course has pretty much tripled over what it was a year ago," said Randy Gibson, a concealed-carry weapons class instructor.