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Bass Pro Shops sued for ‘a worthless class’ on concealed carry

Updated: May 10, 2014 6:33AM



A Joliet man is suing Bass Pro Shops for falsely advertising a “worthless class” that failed to meet the required training hours to obtain an Illinois concealed-carry permit, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

John P. Ambrose is seeking class-action status after taking a class offered through Bass Pro Shops. The classes were taught by James Andel, a then-certified instructor, and Bolingbrook-based Security Guard College, the suit says.

It says Ambrose attended the class after seeing an advertisement for it in October 2013 inside the Bass Pro Shop in Bolingbrook.

The classes were such a failure, however, that Illinois State Police issued a news release April 1, stating that Andel no longer was approved to train people for a concealed-carry permit and that all of his 327 applicants were denied. Ambrose was among those, the lawsuit says.

Ambrose thought the course satisfied the state requirements because Andel told him that the eight-hour class included time at a shooting range and was supplemented by online educational material, according to the suit.

On March 31, however, Ambrose received a letter from state police, stating his application was denied because he failed to meet the minimum hours required to carry a concealed firearm, the suit says. It says applicants who did not serve in the military or are not in law enforcement need to have at least 16 hours of training.

Calls made to Bass Pro Shops and Security Guard College were not returned Monday night.

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