Bass Pro is low looking into the barrel of a lawsuit seeking class-action status after one of the instructors they had teaching Illinois concealed carry classes in their stores was recently decertified for corner cutting on his courses.
James Andel was an instructor teaching for the Illinois Security Guard College.
Today, Mr. Andel is dodging phone calls and emails from hundreds of angry former students who paid good money to get sham training.
Some undoubtedly assumed that since Mr. Andel was teaching at Bass Pro Shops stores that he was a competent instructor. Others were looking for the cheapest training they could find.
And it came back to bite them on the rear.
As for Bass Pro, they failed to vet the instructor they had teaching in their store.
They also have a lot deeper pockets that Mr. Andel, who will be lucky if he’s not caught himself a felony rap when this is all said and done.
Suit: Bass Pro Shop falsely advertised conceal-carry classes
(Chicago Sun-Times) – 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, Inc., the suit said.
Ambrose attended the class after seeing an advertisement in October 2013 inside a Bolingbrook Bass Pro Shops called, “Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Class,” the lawsuit said.
The classes were such a failure, however, that the Illinois State Police issued a press release on April 1 stating that Andel was no longer approved to train Illinois Concealed Carry Curricula and that all of his 327 applicants were denied.
Ambrose was one of those 327, the lawsuit said.