State Police Answer FAQ Concerning Illinois Conceal Carry
How will ISP officers and local law enforcement respond to citizens who are carrying weapons after July 9th?
The Illinois State Police will continue to enforce the law in effect after July 9, 2013. Assuming the law is either the version passed by the General Assembly or that amended by the Governor; citizens cannot lawfully carry concealed weapons without a valid Concealed Carry License. Citizens who carry loaded firearms without a Conceal Carry License issued by the Illinois State Police are subject to arrest. All citizens seeking to obtain a Concealed Carry License must have a valid FOID card.
Who needs a CCW license?
Everyone who wants to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois is required to have a CCW 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 new CCW law.
Are out-of-state concealed carry permit holders granted reciprocity in Illinois?
No. Out of state residents 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.
What is the cost for a Concealed Carry License?
$150 for 5 years for Illinois residents
$300 for 5 years for non-residents
How does a citizen apply for a Concealed Carry License? When will the applications be available? Where can applications be obtained?
The ISP has 180 days to make applications available to the public. The ISP intends to have applications available via the ISP webpage.
How long will it take a citizen to obtain a Concealed Carry License?
The ISP will comply with the mandates of the Act. The application will be available within 180 days of the effective date and licenses will be issued 90 days after a qualified application is submitted. Law enforcement agencies will have 30 days to file an objection.
What are the qualifications for a Concealed Carry License?
The applicant must:
•Be at least 21 years of age
•Have a valid FOID card
•Have not been convicted or found guilty in this State 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 a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years.
•Submit a completed Concealed Carry License Application.
•Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.
Where can citizens obtain firearms training?
Within 60 days of becoming law, the Act mandates the ISP to begin approval of certified firearms instructors and firearm training courses. The ISP website will provide a registry of instructors and approved classes.
PLEASE NOTE: On-duty ISP Troopers will NOT provide training to citizens, nor will ISP ranges be utilized.
What are the qualifications to become a Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor?
A person seeking to become a certified Concealed Carry Firearms Instruction shall:
•Be at least 21 years of age.
•Be a legal resident of the United States and be qualified for a concealed carry permit within Illinois.
•Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
•Have at least one of the following valid firearms instructor certifications:
◦Certification from a law enforcement agency.
◦Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by a state or federal governmental agency.
◦Certification from a firearm instructor qualification course offered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board.
◦Certification from an entity approved by the Illinois State Police that offers firearm instructor education and training in the use and safety of firearms.
How can I register as an instructor?
The Illinois State Police will establish rules consistent with the provisions of the Act. As additional information regarding the rule making process becomes available, updates will be posted to our website.
Where can business owners or property owners obtain information regarding required signage?
The Illinois State Police will establish rules consistent with the provisions of the Act. As additional information regarding the rule making process becomes available, updates will be posted to the ISP website.
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