Concealed Carry - Illinois

Illinois Concealed Carry Training is available at GAT GUNS

GAT GUNS has a beautiful state-of-the-art training facility.  Our large classroom can seat 100 students, has a PA System, and digital projectors mounted overhead.  Our new 50 foot training range is just for use by our students.  In addition, we are a live-scan fingerprint vendor, we can take ID photos, and even do your Illinois Concealed Carry License Application for you.  We are a one-stop shop for the Illinois Concealed Carry License.

Illinois Concealed Carry training at GAT GUNS is done by Safe Side Tactical, Paul Warren owner and lead instructor.

Paul has broken down the training into three sections:

NOTE: Classes can be taken in any order.  Parts B & C are held back-to-back but you do not have to take them on the same day.

  • Part A - 8 hours - Handgun safety, principles of marksmanship, firearms storage and maintenance, law review, in-home defense and concealed carry issues
  • Part B - 4 hours - State and Federal law, FOID card Act, IL Concealed Carry Act
  • Part C - 4 hours - Gun handling, holster use, and range qualification

GAT GUNS has two live-scan fingerprinting systems and over a dozen trained technicians to do your fingerprints.  In addition, we can do your electronic on-line application.

The State fee for the license is $150.00 plus a $3.50 credit card surcharge.

The fee to change an address is $85.00.

Fingerprints are $55.00 if you take the classes here.

On-line Application is $30.00

What you need to bring to class:

Part A and B are classroom, so you might want to bring a notebook to take notes.

Part C is classroom and range - you will need a firearm, holster, eye and ear protection, and 50 to 100 rounds of ammunition.  The firearm does not have to be the one you plan to carry, but the State Police say it must be a "concealable" firearm. You will fire a qualification of 30 rounds; 10 rounds at 5 yards, 7 yards, and 10 yards, and you must get 70% hits in the scoring area of the target.  You will have two chances to qualify. There is no shooting training or practice involved, just the qualification.

There will be breaks during the classes, but there is not enought time to go out for lunch, so we suggest you bring something.  We have vending machines for drinks and snacks.

You will receive handouts showing all of the slides from the PowerPoint Presentations.

 Illinois Concealed Carry News

The Illinois State Police are accepting Concealed Carry License applications from Hawaii, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Virginia. These are the only states where Illinois will issue non-resident licenses because they have laws similar to Illinois.

For more information go to the Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau and click on Frequently Asked Questions.



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The following is from a document sent to instructors from the Illinois State Police.

  • Instructors must now keep copies of all proof of prior training that is used toward credit against the first 8 hours.  This includes DD214 for veterans, and military ID for active and retired and out of state Concealed Carry licenses.
  • The scoring of the B27 target has changed.  The new requirement is now the 70% of the 30 rounds (21 rounds) must be in the scoring rings of the target.  In order to be scored as a hit, the round must break through the target within the scoring rings.  This includes any portion of the round touching a scoring ring.  Any round outside the outermost scoring ring will be counted as a miss even if it is within the silhouette picture.


The Illinois State Police has published lists of approved instructors and training classes.  This information is current as of September 30, 2013.

There is also a list of prior training that is approved.  More courses will be listed as soon as they are submitted and approved.  Here is the current list:

  • Illinois Hunter Safety Course - 4 hours
  • Utah Concealed Carry - 4 hours
  • Florida Concealed Carry - 4 hours
  • Nevada Concealed Carry - 4 hours
  • Missouri Concealed Carry - 4 hours
  • Kentucky Concealed Carry - 4 hours
  • Michigan Concealed Carry - 4 hours
  • Chicago Firearms Safety Course - 4 hours
  • NRA Basic Pistol - 8 hours
  • NRA Personal Protection in the Home - 8 hours
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home - 8 hours
  • Active, Retired or Honorably Discharged member of the US Armed Forces - 8 hours
  • Previously qualified law enforcement or corrections office (430ILCS 66/75 (j)) - 8 hours

A copy of the DD214 form is required to prove military service.

It is the responsibility of the instructor to verify the successful completion of prior training and apply credit as listed. Certificates from the prior training must be submitted with the Certificate of Completion

A person can only get credit for 8 hours of prior training.  Per the Act, Section 75.g. "Any remaining hours that the applicant completes must at least cover the classroom subject matter of paragraph (4) of subsection (b) of this Section, and the range qualification in subsection (c) of this Section."

Here is an outline of the training requirements for the Illinois Concealed Carry Permit.  This is from the Illinois State Police web site.

Our instructors are certified, and their curriculum are approved.  We have classes that cover both the first eight hours of the training, items 1, 2, and 3 on this list, and the second eight hours, items 4 and 5. If you were in the Military you will get eight hours credit for that service for items 1, 2, and 3. Items 4 and 5, the second eight hours, are required for everyone.

Initial Firearms Curriculum must be at least 16* hours of in-person instruction and cover the minimum requirements listed below.

1. Firearm safety; Minimum 2 hours Classroom
a. 4 basic firearm handling safety rules
b. Home storage
c. Vehicle storage
d. Public Storage

2. Basic principles of marksmanship; Minimum 3 hours Classroom/Range
a. Stance
b. Grip
c. Sight Alignment
d. Sight Picture
e. Trigger Control

3. Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm; Minimum 3 hours Classroom
a. Gun identification: revolver, semi-automatic, misc.
b. Ammunition identification and selection
c. Safety and cleaning protocols
d. Cleaning equipment
e. Loading and unloading

4. All applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm; Minimum 4 hours Classroom
a. The Act in its entirety,
1) With emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/10(h) which includes instruction on the appropriate and lawful
interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.
2) With emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/65 which includes instruction on prohibited areas and the parking
lot exception.
b. The FOID Act 430 ILCS 65/1 et. seq.
c. Relevant portions of the ILCS including but not limited to
1) 720 ILCS 5/7-1. Use of force in defense of a person**
2) 720 ILCS 5/7-2. Use of force in defense of dwelling**
3) 720 ILCS 5/7-3. Use of force in defense of other property**
4) 720 ILCS 24/1 et. seq. Unlawful Use of Weapons**

** Must define dwelling, aggressor, forcible felony and unlawful use of weapons pursuant to the ILCS.

5. Weapon Handling; Minimum 4 hours.
a. Dry fire practice drills, handgun fundamentals
b. Dry fire practice drills from concealment
c. Live fire practice drills, handgun fundamentals
d. Live fire qualification with a concealable firearm consisting of minimum of 30 rounds which must
include 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 Illinois State Police. (See rearms/ccw/ccw-faq.cfm)

* The Department will accept up to 8 hours of in-person training already completed toward the 16 hour training requirement as outlined in Section 75 (i) [training course must be approved by the ISP] of the Act provided those 8 hours cover the classroom and range subject matter of components #1 through #3. The additional 8 hours of training required by Sections 75 (g) and (i) of the Act will be comprised of components #4 and #5.

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