Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Getting an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit - Class Requirements - Legislation

This week the picture became more clear as people begin to learn exactly what will be required to get an Illinois concealed carry permit. As more amendments were voted on in Springfield, it is clear that the class requirement for an Illinois concealed carry permit is not a matter that is being disputed by members of the Illinois House.

The main bill for Illinois concealed carry, HB 1155, now has had 53 amendments offered, with only three mentioning class and training requirements. One amendment is considered dead on arrival, as it actually proposed the same amount of training as a police officer gets.  The other two amendments, by Zalewski and Phelps, are nearly identical.

So what is the class that you will need for an Illinois concealed carry permit? The NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course, taught by a certified NRA Firearms Instructor, is the easiest way to ensure that you will qualify for a concealed carry permit.

There is an addendum that will be required. In addition to attending an NRA course, the instructor will also need to certify that you have passed the Illinois-specific shooting requirement.  That is easily added to the NRA Basic Pistol Course. The requirement is as follows:

Shoot 30 rounds at a man-sized silhouette target and hit 70% of the time, from the following distances:

  • 10 rounds from 5 yards
  • 10 rounds from 7 yards
  • 10 rounds from 10 yards

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