If you’re interested in a concealed carry permit in Illinois, state law requires that you complete CCW classes administered by an approved instructor. These classes are often held at your local shooting range and will teach you the basics of gun safety, laws, and maintenance. Here is what you should know before starting classes.
CCW Classes FAQ
How many classes are there?
Depending on where you take your firearms classes, your schedule may differ. However, CCW classes can be completed in two days with the right provider. The first class covers most of the applicable laws, while the second day involves practical skills like drawing and shooting.
How long will classes take?
Illinois requires 16 hours of training, so if you take a two-day course, each day of CCW classes will last eight hours. Those who have received firearms training in other states or who are members of the military can count their experience toward this time requirement.
What else do I need?
Aside from taking the appropriate class, getting a concealed carry license as an Illinois resident requires that you are at least 21 years old and have not committed violent crimes or crimes involving guns or drugs. You must have a valid ID, provide fingerprints, and correctly submit an application. If you are not a state resident, requirements may be more strict.
What does a concealed carry permit allow me to do?
Illinois’ concealed carry laws allow you to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun designed for single-handed use—no larger or automatic weapons. The weapon must be concealed while on your person; it cannot be carried openly.
If you’re interested in starting CCW classes in Columbia, IL, call Shooter's Firearms & Indoor Range. In addition to classes, this one-stop shop offers quality firearms and ammunition, a full shooting range, and multiple styles of shooting competitions. To register for CCW classes, call (618) 281-6393, and check out their schedule of events online.