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Shadowens feels the 16-hour course, normally split into two eight-hour classes, should actually be longer in order to spend more time on issues such as the law. But he said he feels the Illinois requirements are a model that other states should use, especially since the 16-hour requirement is pretty long compared with other states.
He sticks to those state requirements. On the CCW Express Facebook page, he describes his classes as “not military/law enforcement tactical training. None of you are headed for Iraq on deployment after my class. Many schools do this and it’s not only wrong, it’s not even in the curriculum.”
Although Shadowens isn’t a member of the NRA and supports positions such as closing the gun show loophole, make no mistake about where he stands. He is a supporter of the Second Amendment with the credentials and experience to prove it.
While he’s only been teaching his class for about a year, Shadowens served in the U.S. Marines, where he was a body guard for the commander of NATO forces in Europe and briefly taught marksmanship. After he left the military, he served as a police officer for 20 years and then eventually as a chief in Hillcrest. He also has instruction credentials from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.