Illinois State Rifle Association Offers Concealed Carry Advice To Illinois Citizens

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
Concealed Carry Illinois  In light of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision paving the way for concealed carry in Illinois, many thousands of Illinois citizens will soon begin the process of applying for permits to carry defensive firearms. As a service to the community, the ISRA is offering the following advice to those who will be seeking carry permits:
1. Possession of a valid Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card will be a requirement for all concealed carry permit applicants. By law, the Illinois State Police are supposed to issue FOID cards to qualified applicants within 30 days. In practice, the state police rarely achieve the 30-day deadline. The ISRA is advising potential carry permit applicants to get their FOID cards as soon as possible. FOID application volumes are anticipated to be very high in advance of the impending passage of a concealed carry bill. High application volumes and low production capability at the State Police FOID office will combine to cause long waits for those who do not apply for FOID cards immediately. Likewise, current FOID holders should check their cards for expiration dates and, if their card is set to expire in 90 days or less, they should get their renewal application in the mail as soon as possible.
2. Firearms suitable for concealed carry will soon be in short supply, as will holsters and other accessories. Citizens who anticipate applying for concealed carry permits would do well to visit their local gun dealers to acquire the equipment they will need once permits are issued. Citizens should consult with their local gun dealers to determine which firearm and holster set-up is most suitable for their individual needs.
3. It’s always a good time to get more firearm safety training. The ISRA recommends that persons contemplating applying for a carry permit seek out a qualified instructor who will help them hone their skills – especially with the firearm(s) they plan to use for concealed carry purposes.
4. Practice…practice…practice. As little as an hour per week of pistol practice will help ensure that the concealed carry permit holder is adequately prepared to deploy a firearm to defend themselves or their family.
“Once concealed carry is passed here in Illinois, there will be a huge rush on firearms, equipment, and training,” commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. “The good citizens of Illinois have been waiting for decades for the opportunity to provide for their own defense. That’s a lot of pent up demand so gun shops and training facilities will soon be very busy places. We here at the ISRA strongly recommend that persons interested in obtaining a concealed carry permit act immediately to satisfy carry permit prerequisites or risk long permit processing delays.”
The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.
SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association

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Comments: 7

  1. Christopher Wagner February 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm Reply

    Sorry for asking, but can I take this to mean that no one really knows what the requirements will actually be yet to carry in Illinois?

    • IllinoisCCW.Org February 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

      That is correct. However it is widely believed that the NRA basic pistol course will satisfy any training requirements. So a FOID card in conjunction with the course, will be all you should need to obtain the permit.

      • aydene January 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm Reply

        Illinois CCW requires 16 hrs of class and training. The NRA Basic is eight hours. The second eight hours is an advanced session. If one has taken say Utah four hour class and wishes to apply it,,,,,its a pain. Might as well repeat the process and do the whole sixteen with an Illinois NRA Instructor.

  2. L. Fach September 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply

    So what I am reading such far is that applications still won’t be available till Jan 5th 2014?

  3. dewayne October 24, 2013 at 11:28 am Reply

    Will people in SOUTHERN ILLINOIS have to drive hundreds of miles to central or northern IL. to take the class?? all ive found is the metro area east of St.Louis and Linicoln, near Springfield. thats nearly 300 miles from my home. Is there anything being offered closer??

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