MILAN -– In an effort to put Illinois’ new concealed carry law in effect and help gun owners to complete training requirements locally, state Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, is encouraging qualified individuals to apply to be concealed carry instructors. The Illinois State Police (ISP) is currently accepting instructor applications and reviewing curriculums for local training programs.
“Now that concealed carry is close to being a reality for Illinoisans, we are in need of qualified individuals to be firearm instructors and teach local residents the new law,” Verschoore said. “I want to make sure residents are safe first and foremost and having high-quality instructors will ensure that implementation of the concealed carry law will be as smooth as possible.”
Individuals seeking to become certified concealed carry instructors must be at least 21 years of age, a legal resident of the United States, and must possess or be eligible for a valid FOID card and be eligible for an Illinois concealed carry license. Instructor applicants must also have a high school diploma or GED certificate and complete one of several valid firearms instructor certification programs, including those administered by the ISP, a federal law enforcement agency, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board or the National Rifle Association.
Anyone interested in applying to become a certified instructor or to have their firearms curriculum approved must apply with the State Police. For more information regarding the applications, please visit www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
“In order for the ISP to effectively enforce the law, it is important that instructors are approved as soon as possible so they can become familiar with the ins and outs of the new law,” Verschoore said. “If you are interested please contact the Illinois State Police and learn more.”
For more information, please contact Verschoore’s office at 309-558-3612.