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News About Expiring Illinois Concealed Carry Permits and Grace Period

We have been getting a lot of calls about people still waiting for their renewal permits for Illinois Concealed Carry. Some applied in January and are still waiting, which are expiring or have recently expired, even though they applied in plenty of time.  I wanted to type this update to everyone and to share what we know on the topic. 

Expired Illinois Concealed Carry License Card

First, I want to clear up something that we have been saying since our first renewal class. We had made the blanket statement in every renewal class to not carry your firearm concealed if you have re-applied and are still waiting for your renewal permit with the current permit expiring before receiving your renewal permit. We were wrong on this point. Corrected Information: Your permit for Illinois Concealed Carry is valid after it expires ONLY if you have already applied for renewal and you are waiting for the renewal permit to be processed by the Illinois State Police. There is a grace period that the State of Illinois gives itself to process the information after the expiration, if you have already applied.

 As most of you should know, I am a Police Officer by trade, and this company is more cautious with what legal information is put out than a lot of other groups. This is because we don’t want our students to become test cases in the courts. It is an expensive process that no one enjoys.  The reason for the blanket statement was because until people started expiring before they received their renewal permits, we didn’t know what the police databases would show while your card was expired yet you were still waiting for your renewal. 

I had the chance to check someone that was in the exact situation. He applied 3 days before his card expired.  His Illinois Concealed Carry Permit of course expired before receiving his renewal permit. What it showed in the police database was that he was still “Active” (valid) with the same expiration date, but it also listed that he had reapplied for the renewal. Because the status still showed Active, he was valid to carry concealed. 

Before everyone jumps for joy over this, remember there could still be some confusion with Police Officers if they don’t know that “Active” translates to valid. Also, the Police Officers in other states may rely on the fact that it has an expired date. Please proceed with caution! I would not rely on your pending renewal Illinois Concealed Carry Permit outside of Illinois. If you have Florida, Utah and or Arizona check to see if they are valid in the states you are going to. We always recommend checking on

The other information I wanted to share was about the slow down on issuing the renewals for Illinois Concealed Carry. This is speculation on our part but rooted in a solid base. After the shooting in Aurora a few weeks ago, everything slowed to a halt. I believe incident that has caused the large slow down and people waiting for months. When we started the renewals, the Illinois State Police were getting renewals out in just over 30 days. After the shooting, I hadn’t heard of anyone getting their renewal permits at all. That is what started the emails and phone calls because everyone is hitting the 2 month (or longer) wait period and the expiration dates are coming up.

 I heard from a former student at the Gat Guns Factory Shoot that that the day before (Friday) his status had changed from “Under Review” to “Active” on the Illinois State Police Website. That change usually happens when they are dropping your card in the mail. We are past the week that it takes to get the card in the mail, but I haven’t heard back from the former student to find out if he got his card yet.

  If you expire before you re-apply for your renewal, the Illinois State Police will make you take the entire 16-hour class again.  Some people are getting letters and others are not. If you have moved in the last 5 years and have not changed your address with the Illinois State Police, you will not be getting a letter. It doesn’t matter if you have changed your Illinois Driver’s License to your new address. The systems operate separately. 

If anyone has any information, please pass it on to me. I don’t like using single source information for these articles, but this is all the information that I have at this point. I hope this has explained a few things in the renewals any questions feel free to email us. We will try to help. 

-P. Warren, Lead Instructor

Firearm Waiting Period

Starting January 1st, 2019, a new state law will take effect requiring a 72 hour waiting period before picking up any handgun or long gun.

FOID Card Applications Unavailable

The Illinois State Police have scheduled maintenance on their systems for December 31st and January 1st. We will be unable to process any FOID Card Applications during this time.

9MM Ruger American Safety Bulletin

Ruger has found that on certain 9mm American pistols, premature wear can cause a crack to develop near the ejection port of the slide. While this doesn’t generally occur below round counts near 10,000, it is easily inspected for and the retrofit to repair the problem is free and simple. It is also of note that the crack will be clear and visible long before the firearm becomes unsafe to shoot.

These issues are only present on certain Ruger American pistols in 9mm that have a silver barrel. Any models with a black nitride barrel, or guns in calibers other than 9mm, shouldn’t have any need to inspect.

Three spots on the firearm can be inspected for excess wear. The first is the top of the barrel hood where the barrel meets the slide. The second area is on the slide, likewise where the barrel and slide meet. In each of these areas, some wear is expected, but evidence of heavy wear or repeated impacts between parts are indicative of the issue. The third location is on the slide on the right side at the back of the ejection port. In this area, look for any signs of cracking. If any of these are evident, the gun should be sent in.

For information on which serial numbers can be affected, a video demonstrating the inspection process and what to look for, or more details on getting the retrofit, head to Ruger’s Safety bulletin here:

Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Safety Recall Notice

Kel-Tec has found that a number of Sub-2000’s manufactured in 2017 had received faulty heat treatment on the steel tubes used for the barrel, and run a risk of rupturing during fire.

To identify if your firearm is affected, please check the serial number on Kel-Tec’s website at

If you are a customer who is affected by the recall, stop using the firearm immediately and follow the instructions on the website.

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Consumer Advisory

Smith & Wesson has found that the version of this pistol with the manual thumb safety can have that safety unintentionally engaged by shooting recoil. This occurs with ammunition that produces a high felt recoil, and will not allow the next round to be fired until the safety is manually disengaged.

Smith & Wesson has already improved the design of the pistol so that recently manufactured firearms will not have this issue. If your firearm may be affected, click here or follow the link below to see if your serial number would be subject to an upgrade. If so, follow the instructions on the page to have your pistol upgraded.

Link to the S&W Page:

From the RUGER Newsroom on the recent Stockholder Decision

Ruger wants to assure its customers and long-term shareholders that the company is now required to prepare a report on the company. In no way will the shareholder decision affect the company’s products or business which is lawful and protected by the Constitution.

They remind us that they strongly support the Second Amendment not because they sell firearms, but because they cherish the rights protected by it, and that to allow those rights to be diminished for political expediency is not the approach that the company will be taking.

Ruger’s corporate brand video can be viewed on their website at

Sig Sauer Rifle Recall

SIG SAUER, Inc. has determined that a limited number of rifles in the SIG716 DMR®, SIG516® Carbon Fiber and SIGM400® Predator models were built with a two-stage SIG SAUER trigger that may have an improperly heat-treated hammer. Over time this could result in a trigger malfunction creating a significant safety hazard.

SIG SAUER is issuing a mandatory recall to replace the hammer and trigger assembly in these specific rifles. This recall does not affect any military or law enforcement rifles or any SIG MCX®/SIG MPX® products. SIG SAUER will correct any of the affected firearms at no cost to the customer.

To determine if a specific firearm is affected by the recall, go to and utilize the serial number identifier and visual inspection instructions.

If you are a customer who is affected by the recall, stop using the firearm immediately and follow the instructions on the website or call SIG SAUER Customer Service by dialing 603-610-3000, option #1.

Have the rifle’s serial number available. Contact: SIG SAUER Customer Service (603) 610-3000

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