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Illinois Concealed Carry (Classes Coming Soon)

On July 9th 2013, the State of Illinois made history and Illinois Concealed Carry is law! What's next?

We are now waiting for the Illinois State Police to release a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as to what is expected of Instructors. Illinois State Police will have 60 days to establish a registry of certified Illinois Instructors. State Police also has 180 days before they begin to accept applications for those wishing to carry.

Why do I need Utah and Florida along with Illinois?

The Illinois permit will only cover: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont. NOTICE WISCONSIN IS NOT LISTED YOU NEED UTAH FOR WISCONSIN.

Illinois State Police FAQ’s


What type of a firearm will I be allowed to carry concealed?

“Concealed firearm” means a loaded or unloaded handgun carried on or about a person completely or mostly concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.

“Handgun” means any device which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.

“Handgun” does not include:

  1. A stun gun or taser;
  2. A machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012;
  3. A short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined in item (ii) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012
  4. Any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, or which has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.

What does the firearms training course consist of?

The required 16-hour firearms training course will include range qualification time and shall cover the following:

  1. Firearm safety
  2. The basic principles of marksmanship
  3. Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm
  4. All applicable state and federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm
  5. Instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.

All applicants must pass a live fire exercise with a concealable firearm consisting of:

  1. A minimum of 30 rounds
  2. 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 ISP.

What are the qualifications for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

The applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a valid FOID card (if an Illinois resident)
  • Have not been convicted or found guilty in Illinois or any other state of:
    • A misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the last 5 years
    • 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, within the last 5 years
  • Not be the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification
  • Not have been in residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years
  • Submit an appropriately completed Concealed Carry License application
  • Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.

How long will it take a citizen to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

Upon receipt of a qualified application, the ISP shall issue or deny the applicant an Illinois Concealed Carry License within 90 days, provided the applicant submits a full set of fingerprints in electronic format. If fingerprints are not submitted in electronic format, the ISP is granted an additional 30 days to complete a manual background check. In all cases, law enforcement agencies will have 30 days to file an objection once an application is received.

How does a citizen apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

The ISP will make applications available to the public by January 5, 2014. The ISP intends to have applications available via the ISP webpage.

What is the cost for an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

$150 for 5 years for Illinois residents
$300 for 5 years for out-of-state residents

Are out-of-state Concealed Carry permit holders granted reciprocity in Illinois?

o. Out-of-state residents who want to carry a concealed firearm on his/her person must obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License to lawfully carry a concealed firearm in Illinois. In order for out-of-state residents to be eligible for an Illinois license, their state’s concealed carry license laws must be substantially similar to those of Illinois. The Illinois State Police will establish rules to identify the elements necessary to meet the substantially similar requirement.

However, out of state residents are granted a limited exception to lawfully carry a concealed firearm within a vehicle if they are eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of his or her state or territory of residence and are not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law. This rule becomes effective immediately.

If the non-resident leaves his/her vehicle unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

Who needs an Illinois Concealed Carry License?

Everyone who wants to carry a concealed firearm on his/her person in Illinois is required to have an Illinois Concealed Carry License except current peace officers and retired police officers eligible under the Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry (IROCC) Program. Retired officers may be eligible to carry under either the IROCC Program or the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66).

How will Illinois Police & local law enforcement respond to citizens carrying weapons?

The ISP will continue to enforce the law in effect. Citizens cannot lawfully carry concealed weapons without a valid Illinois Concealed Carry License. Citizens who carry firearms without a Concealed Carry License issued by the ISP are subject to arrest. All Illinois residents seeking to obtain a Concealed Carry License must have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Out-of-state residents are exempt from the FOID card requirement.

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