Illinois Concealed Carry Law

Illinois Legislature and the State Police are completing the requirements for courses and instructors for Illinois Concealed Carry.  We are happy to say that our State Instructor Certification has been granted on September 26th.  The next steps are for our training curriculum to be approved by the State, we hope that will happen in the next 45 days.    We are delighted so many of you noticed our certification and are signing up; please feel free to contact us to be placed on the waiting list for courses coming soon.  We will contact you for class in the order of names recieved.

Proposed State of Illinois Concealed Carry Course Requirements

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.

Who May Apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit

The applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a valid FOID card (if an Illinois resident) or be eligible for a FOID card if a non-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 an appropriately completed Concealed Carry License application
  • Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.