Concealed Carry Classes Start This Week
Gun enthusiasts and firearm instructors are prepping for some busy days ahead. They can now officially offer classes. As we first reported Monday, Illinois State Police has approved both curricula and instructors.
ISP has been approving instructors for the last few weeks, but Monday, the agency released both approved curricula and the list detailing what qualifies as "prior training."
These were the last hurdles stopping gun owners from getting or finishing their training.
Only eight hours of prior training can be accepted, so everyone wanting a permit has to get at least eight additional hours.
We spoke with Macon County instructor Gavin McKee. He recommends signing up for classes soon, and not waiting for the rush to settle down.
"I would get on it, just for the simple fact that I don't think it's gonna calm down," McKee said. "I mean, there's an estimated 400,000 applicants that are going to try to get in this first year. I don't think the ranges and the instructors are going to get any less busy, that's for sure."
McKee said his first class starts this week. He said it will cost around $200 for 16 hours, plus range fees up to $50.
We also spoke with Bullet Express in Auburn and Clear Shooting in Lincoln. Both said they are still waiting to receive some paperwork back from ISP, but will start as soon as they can. Both businesses said their classes will also be around $250.
Keep in mind, these costs don't include the $150 fee for the permit itself.