On July 9, Illinois joined the other 49 states in enacting concealed-carry.
Subsequently, the Illinois State Police is providing “general guidance” on CCW frequently asked questions on its website.
From what I gather, one question that comes up a lot is that of training. From the website:
What does the firearms training course consist of?
The required 16-hour firearms training course will include range qualification time and shall cover the following:
1. Firearm safety
2. The basic principles of marksmanship
3. Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm
4. All applicable state and federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm
5. Instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.
All applicants must pass a live fire exercise with a concealable firearm consisting of:
1. A minimum of 30 rounds
2. 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards, 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards, and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the ISP.
As to where such training can be obtained:
Where can citizens obtain firearms training?
On September 7, 2013, the ISP will begin approval of certified firearms instructors and firearm training courses. A registry of approved instructors and courses will be available on the ISP webpage.
PLEASE NOTE: On-duty ISP officers will NOT provide training to citizens, nor will ISP ranges be used.
It sounds like there’s a tremendous amount of interest out there in taking Illinois concealed-carry training classes. Allison Goodrich reported on The Register-Mail (Galeburg) website on July 21:
Considering the fact that firearm training instructors won’t be approved until September or later, [Preston] Johnson [owner, Galesburg Guns, Gear & Ammo] hasn’t been expecting to see a line outside his door.
“But interest in those classes has gone through the roof,” he said, adding that he’s received “call after call after call” in regards to training course information.
To say there’s been interest would be an understatement to firearm safety instructor Casey Fuller [president of Elmhurst-based Firearm Safety Group]. Although he hasn’t even started planning a curriculum yet, Fuller already has a waiting list of about 900 people for his first Illinois-specific firearm safety course.
900 person waitlist? Dang.
Dahleen Glanton and Ellen Jean Hirst reported on the Chicago Tribune website yesterday:
Illinois officials estimate that about 300,000 people will apply for concealed carry permits.
According to the Illinois State Police, applications for Illinois CCW will be made available to the public by January 5, 2014, via their website.
The Illinois State Police concealed-carry FAQ webpage can be viewed here.
By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)
Goodrich, Allison. “Gun sales steady, but waiting list for training booms.” The Register-Mail. 21 July 2013. (http://www.galesburg.com/news/x946754682/Gun-sales-steady-but-waiting-list-for-training-booms?zc_p=0). 25 July 2013.
Glanton, Dahleen and Hirst, Ellen Jean. “Concealed carry: Ready, train, fire.” Chicago Tribune. 24 July 2013. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-07-24/news/ct-met-concealed-carry-training-20130724_1_carry-law-gun-rights-advocates-illinois-state-rifle-association). 25 July 2013.
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