Who needs an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
Everyone who wants to carry a concealed firearm on his/her person in Illinois is required to have an Illinois Concealed Carry License except current peace officers and retired police officers eligible under a federally approved retired officer concealed carry program such as the Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry (IROCC) Program.
What is the penalty for carrying a weapon without a valid CCL?
Generally, an Unlawful Use of Weapon first offense is a Class A Misdemeanor and a second or subsequent offense is a Class 3 Felony; however, there are penalty enhancements for certain locations (for example on or within 1,000 feet of any school, public park, courthouse, public transportation facility, or residential public housing). Further, an Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons first offense is a Class 4 Felony and a second or subsequent offense is a Class 2 Felony.
Will persons be allowed to open carry?
No. A handgun carried on or about a person must be concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.
What is the parking lot exemption for CCL holders in prohibited places?
Notwithstanding any prohibition to the contrary - except those pertaining to property regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission or where firearms are prohibited under federal law, any licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a prohibited location shall be permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area. A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicles trunk , No longer does the licensee need to ensure the firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the vehicle.
What is the cost for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
$150 for 5 years for Illinois residents
$300 for 5 years for out-of-state residents
How does a citizen apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
The ISP will make applications available to the public by January 5, 2014. The ISP intends to have applications available via the ISP webpage. Additional information regarding the application and fingerprinting process will be added to this website at the time applications are made available.
How long will it take a citizen to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
Upon receipt of a qualified application, the ISP shall issue or deny the applicant an Illinois Concealed Carry License within 90 days, provided the applicant submits a full set of fingerprints in electronic format. If fingerprints are not submitted in electronic format, the ISP is granted an additional 30 days to complete a manual background check. In all cases, law enforcement agencies will have 30 days to file an objection once an application is received.
What are the qualifications for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?
The applicant must:
Be at least 21 years of age
Have a valid FOID card (if an Illinois resident)
Have not been convicted or found guilty in Illinois or any other state of:
A misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the last 5 years
2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any
combination thereof, within the last 5 years
Not be the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification
Not have been in residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years
Submit a completed Concealed Carry License application
Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.
What type of firearm will I be allowed to carry concealed?
A "Concealed firearm" is defined as a handgun.
"Handgun" means any device which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.
"Handgun" does not include:"
A stun gun or taser;
A machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012;
A short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined in item (ii) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012
Any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, or which
has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.
What is public storage?
Public Storage is intended to cover instances where applicants are asked or have a need to store their weapon in a private business. For example, storage in a locker at the gym or in a hotel room.
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:
Firearms Safety Instruction - a minimum of two (2) classroom hours;
Basic Principles of Marksmanship Instruction - a minimum of three (3) classroom and range hours;
Care, Cleaning , Loading and Unloading of a Concealable Firearm Instruction- a minimum of three (3) classroom hours;
All applicable State and Federal Laws Relating to the Ownership, Storage, Carry and Transportation of a Firearm Instruction- a minimum of four
(4) classroom hours; and
Weapons Handling - a minimum of four (4) range hours
All applicants must pass a live fire exercise with a concealable firearm consisting of:
A minimum of 30 rounds
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.
Who decides whether to give credit for prior training and how much to give?
Approved Instructors. In an effort to give instructors greater discretion regarding the proficiency of their students, this decision will be made by the individual instructors. The Department will provide a list of approved curriculum to assist individual instructors with this decision.
If a person receives up to 8 hours of credit, what are they required to take in addition to fulfill the 16 hour training requirement under the Act?
Any remaining hours that the applicant completes must at least cover applicable State and Federal Laws Relating to the Ownership, Storage, Carry and Transportation of a Firearm Instruction as well as Weapons Handling.