(AP) - Officials say more states are recognizing Illinois' concealed carry permit.
The 22 states that honor Illinois' permit include surrounding states, most of the Midwest and parts of the West and South.
Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson says the state's 16-hour course is likely a factor. It's among the longest. However, Illinois doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn't recognize other state permits.
Gun owners who want to carry in other parts of the country can get nonresident concealed-carry permits for Utah and Florida. Those require four hours of training and are recognized in more than 30 states.
Illinois was the last state to allow concealed carry. The bill approved in 2013 was due to a court order.