Quincy citizens now have access to a gun range

Set your sights on this. A new gun range has open it's doors in Quincy.

"Well it kind of started with the conceal and carry class and found out there really isn't any place for people in Quincy to shoot. If you own land you got a place to shoot but if you don't there isn't any place close for people to shoot," Mark Dempsey, owner of RKBA Gun Range, said.

Conceal and carry class sizes have grown since the law went into effect January 1, 2014.

Dempsey said it's important for people to practice if they are going to carry.

"Well I think it's important, especially if you're going to be carrying that you have the ability to be accurate. You know, if your going to be accurate you're going to have to practice a lot and you need a place to do it and that's what I'm providing here," Dempsey said.

Jon Capp, a Western Illinois Firearm Training Instructor, said the law has encouraged people to be more involved with their Second Amendment rights.

"Well I think passing conceal and carry in the state of Illinois has really benefited people for the Second Amendment. You know it is a freedom, it's a right that people should be able to carry. However the government has made it a privilege instead so fortunately they have to go through training," Capp said.

With the new law in Illinois, more people are eager to learn about gun safety and the sport itself.

"Well you know with the new shooters it's real important we bring them into class and we work with them from A to Z on every part of the gun everything from your four basic safety rules all the way to defense shooting. We try to get a little bit of everything in the class," Capp said.

Capp also said novice shooters are welcome to attend classes out at the new range.

The gun range is open everyday of the week starting from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you would like to learn more about the RKBA gun range, you can contact 217-430-0338 for more information.

(Story by Lauren Whan.)