Saturday, August 10, 2013

Questions Answered About Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses

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Illinois will begin taking Concealed Carry Licenses on January 5, 2014. Over 350,000 initial applications are expected. Here are the FAQ's about the licenses as posted by the Illinois State Police.

On July 9, 2013, Public Act 98-63, the Firearm 
Concealed Carry Act, became state law 
You may view the full text of the law at

How will Illinois State Police (ISP) officers and 
local law enforcement respond to citizens 
who are carrying weapons?

The ISP will continue to enforce the law in effect.
Citizens cannot lawfully carry concealed weapons
without a valid Illinois Concealed Carry License.
Citizens who carry firearms without a Concealed
Carry License issued by the ISP are subject to
arrest. All Illinois residents seeking to obtain a
Concealed Carry License must have a valid Firearm
Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Out-of-state
residents are exempt from the FOID card requirement.
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
IllinoisConcealed Carry License except current
peace officers and retired police officers eligible
under the Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry
(IROCC) Program. Retired officers may be eligible
to carry under either the IROCC Program or the
Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66).
Are out-of-state Concealed Carry permit holde
granted reciprocity in Illinois?

No. Out-of-state residents who want to carry a
concealed firearm on his/her person must
obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License to
lawfully carry a concealed firearm in Illinois.
In order for out-of-state residents to be eligible
for an Illinois license, their state’s concealed
carry license laws must be substantially similar
to those of Illinois. The Illinois State Police will
establish rules to identify the elements necessary
to meet the substantially similar requirement.

However, out of state residents are granted a
limited exception to lawfully carry a concealed
firearm within a vehicle if they are eligible to
carry a firearm in public under the laws of his
or her state or territory of residence and are
not prohibited from owning or possessing a
firearm under federal law. This rule becomes
effective immediately.

If the non-resident leaves his/her vehicle
unattended, he or she shall store the firearm
within a locked vehicle or locked container
within the vehicle in accordance with
subsection (b) of Section 65 of the
Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
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.
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
lectronic 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 
  • ead 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.

Where can citizens obtain firearms 

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.
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 
  3. marksmanship
  4. Care, cleaning, loading, 
  5. and unloading of a concealable firearm
  6. All applicable state and federal 
  7. laws relating to the ownership, 
  8. storage, carry, and transportation 
  9. of a firearm
  10. Instruction on the appropriate and 
  11. lawful interaction with law enforcement 
  12. while transporting or carrying a 
  13. 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, 
  3. 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards, 
  4. and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 
  5. yards at a B-27 silhouette target 
  6. approved by the ISP.

What are the qualifications to become a 
Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor?

A person seeking to become a certified
Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor shall:
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a legal resident of the United States 
  • and qualified for a Concealed 
  • Carry License in Illinois
  • Possess a high school diploma 
  • or GED certificate.
  • Have at least one of the following 
  • valid firearms instructor certifications:
    • Certification from a law 
    • enforcement agency
    • Certification from a 
    • firearm instructor course 
    • offered by a state or federal 
    • governmental agency
    • Certification from a firearm 
    • instructor course offered by the 
    • Illinois Law Enforcement Training 
    • and Standards Board
    • Certification from an entity 
    • approved by the Illinois State Police 
    • that offers firearm instructor education
    •  and training in the use and safety 
    • of firearms

What type of a firearm will I be allowed to 
carry concealed?

"Concealed firearm" means a loaded or
unloaded handgun carried on or about a
person completely or mostly concealed
from view of the public or on or about
a person within a vehicle.

"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:
  1. A stun gun or taser;
  2. A machine gun as defined in item 
  3. (i) of paragraph (7) of subsection 
  4. (a) of Section 24-1 of the 
  5. Criminal Code of 2012;
  6. A short-barreled rifle or shotgun 
  7. as defined in item (ii) of paragraph 
  8. (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 
  9. of the Criminal Code of 2012
  10. Any pneumatic gun, spring gun, 
  11. paint ball gun, or B-B gun which 
  12. expels a single globular projectile 
  13. not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, 
  14. or which has a maximum muzzle 
  15. velocity of less than 700 feet per second, 
  16. or which expels breakable paint balls 
  17. containing washable marking colors.
Will persons be allowed to 
open carry?

No. “Concealed firearm” means a
loaded or unloaded handgun
carried on or about a person completely 
or mostly concealed from view of the 
public or on or about a person 
within a vehicle.
How can I register as a Concealed 
Carry Firearms Instructor?

The ISP will establish administrative rules
consistent with the Firearm Concealed Carry
Act. Updates will be posted to the ISP
webpage as information about the rule
making process becomes available.

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