In the state of Illinois, people must receive CCW training to qualify for a concealed carry permit. People who have never undergone this training or had a license to carry often have questions about the process. See a few of the most frequently asked questions below to understand the basics of this process.
CCW Training FAQ
How Much Training Is Required for a License?
By law, you must complete 16 hours of training. It’s typically done in two eight-hour courses. The first course is a safety and marksmanship course, which honorably discharged veterans are exempt from. The second course teaches the law specifics of carrying a firearm and is always required for everyone.
What Will I Be Taught?
The course will teach you what you need to safely and lawfully carry firearms. You’ll be taught basic safety such as storage and handling. You’ll learn how to clean, load and care for your weapon. You’ll be taught marksmanship, such as gripping the pistol, perfecting your stance, and more. In the second course, you’ll learn how to interact with law enforcement when carrying your firearm, where you cannot carry it, and discuss unlawful use of force.
How Much Does It Cost?
A concealed carry license in the state of Illinois is $150 for Illinois residents and $300 for out-of-state residents. The license is good for five years, after which point it will need to be renewed. This cost does not include the cost of your training, which will vary depending on where you get it.
What are the Qualifications for a License?
To qualify for a license, applicants must be at least 21 years old. They must have a currently valid FOID (firearm owners’ identification) card, have completed 16 hours of training, and submit a completed application. They must not be prohibited under federal law for possessing or receiving a firearm and not be the subject of a pending arrest warrant, proceeding or prosecution for something that could lead to disqualification. Within the last five years, they cannot have been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical violence, or two or more violations related to driving under the influence. They cannot have been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification or drug treatment.
Shooter’s Firearms & Indoor Range is the one-stop shop for firearms enthusiasts in Columbia, IL. They provide affordable CCW training to meet state requirements. Their full-service shooting range is the place to perfect your marksmanship, where you can practice on your own, join pistol leagues or try one of their shooting competitions. See your permit options online, and call (618) 281-6393 to sign up for a course.