Certified firearms instructors can now apply for their concealed carry licenses

Online Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois State Police have announced they will open the Firearm Concealed Carry Act application process to certified firearms instructors, giving them access to apply for their concealed carry license Wednesday, Dec. 18, in advance of the Jan. 5, 2014, deadline.

The statute requires that certified instructors be eligible for a concealed carry license.

Early access to the application process will provide applicants with an opportunity to obtain their license and test the application system. With nearly 2,000 certified firearms instructors listed on the ISP Concealed Carry website, officials anticipate instructor applications will serve as a test for workload capacities.

Officials see this as a necessary step to ensure the integrity of a system that is expected to process more than 400,000 applications during the first year.

Instructors can access the ISP Concealed Carry licensing website Wednesday, Dec. 18, to electronically submit a concealed carry license application.

Instructions for accessing the site will be e-mailed to instructors registered with the ISP. Instructors may also call the ISP Firearms Services Bureau Customer Service Line at (217) 782-7980.

The department’s concealed carry website address can be accessed at http://www.isp.state.il.us/. The ISP will continue to regularly update its concealed carry FAQs on the new website with information regarding the Illinois concealed carry process.

Posted Dec. 18, 2013

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