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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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, paintball 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 fewer than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.
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.
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.
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.
This will shock you but many “instructors” are week-end warriors. Their real job is pizza delivery guy, truck driver, package delivery agents, or even religious leaders !!! Don’t believe me ? Just ASK THEM !!!!
Most instructors do not have an actual classroom or official place of business !!! They work from their home and rent hotel rooms as needed. So when there’s a problem with your permit they are nowhere to be found !!!
No positive references mean no real past teaching experience. Do you really want to learn life-saving firearms handling from a guy with no real “hands-on” teaching experience or has only trained a few dozen students?
If they have only trained civilian students they cannot have the knowledge or experience that Law Enforcement, Licensed Private, Bodyguards Detectives and Professional Armed Security Agents are taught. They have no experience teaching the use of deadly force.