Frequently Asked Questions On The “Firearm Concealed Carry Act”
[This section has been created to answer many of the common questions about the “Firearm Concealed Carry Act”. This FAQ does not constitute nor should it be construed as legal advice, and for detailed legal advice on this act, and the related laws, contact your lawyer. Sections of the act below have been edited for brevity.]
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Firearms Courses Acceptable for Credit Towards The Illinois CCW Permit Training Requirement
Below is information put forth by the Illinois State Police on firearms Courses that can be credited towards the 8 hours of previous firearms training. Only up to eight hours of previous training can be credited. Applicants having eight hours of previous training from courses listed below, will still be required to take a one-day, 8 hour course. At Fidelity Academy, that would be our "Illinois Concealed Carry Day 2 Course".
Illinois State Police Website
September 30, 2013
Below is a list of training courses acceptable to satisfy the prior training requirements, consistent with Section 75(i) of the Act, and the appropriate credit to be applied for each. It is the responsibility of the instructor to verify successful completion of prior training and apply credit as listed.
Once this credit is combined with additional training hours provided by the instructor, the approved ILCCF Instructor will certify the 16 - hours were met. Approved ILCCF Instructors should inform applicants how much credit they will receive for their prior training and remind them the prior training certificates must be submitted with the ILCCF Training Certificate when they apply.
This list will be updated as additional courses are submitted and approved by the Department.
Course Title Acceptable Credit
Illinois Hunter Safety Course 4 hours
Utah Concealed Carry 4 hours
Florida Concealed Carry 4 hours
Nevada Concealed Carry 4 hours
Missouri Concealed Carry 4 hours
Kentucky Concealed Carry 4 hours
Michigan Concealed Carry 4 hours
Chicago Firearms Course 4 hours
NRA Basic Pistol 8 hours
NRA Personal Protection in the Home 8 hours
NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home 8 hours
Per the Act, Section 75.g. “Any remaining hours that the applicant completes must at least cover the classroom subject matter of paragraph (4) of subsection (b) of this Section, and the range qualification in subsection (c) of this Section.”
To submit a training course for recognition by the Department, please complete the Curriculum Application and attach the basic course outline and a department letter from the other state that recognized the course.
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What About The Chicago Firearm Permit Program?
The Chicago Police Gun Registration Section has informed us that they will no longer process Chicago Firearm Permits or renewals for any firearms.
What About Police Officers and Security Officers?
An individual who has been certified as a peace officer is exempt from all 16 hours of training required for the permit.
A certified, armed security officer who has been issued a “Firearm Control Card” is exempt from all 16 hours of training, required for the permit.
I Have A Chicago Firearm Permit. How Will This Concealed Carry Law Affect That?
The “Firearm Concealed Carry Act”, once signed into law, will eliminate all city and county handgun ordinances and laws. Laws affecting handgun types, handgun magazines, handgun ammunition and all regulation, licensing, ownership and such regarding handguns at the local level, will be eliminated. This only affects handguns and NOT shotguns or rifles.
What Are The Qualifications For A License?
The Department shall issue a license to an applicant completing an application in accordance with Section 30 of this Act if the person:
(1) Is at least 21 years of age;
(2) Has a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and at the time of application meets the requirements for the issuance of a Firearm Owner's Identification Card and is not prohibited under the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act or federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm;
(3) Has not been convicted or found guilty in this State or in any other state of:
(A) a misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the 5 years preceding the date of the license application; or
(B) 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 5 years preceding the date of the license application; and
(4) Is not the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm;
(5) Has not been in residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the 5 years immediately preceding the date of the license application; and
(6) Has completed firearms training and any education component required under Section 75 of this Act.
Will Our CCW Permit Have Reciprocity or Recognition?
Illinois CCW Permit holders will not have reciprocity with any other states until and unless our Attorney General enters into such written agreements. That may be a year or more in our future.
Recognition of the Illinois CCW Permit by other states is based upon the state that is extending it. Illinois CCW Permit holders will be able to carry in other states that have such a law on their books which generally recognizes any lawfully issued concealed carry permit from any other state.
Where Will I Not Be Able To Carry My Firearm?
A licensee under this Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into:
(1) Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private elementary or secondary school.
(2) Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a pre-school or child care facility, including any room or portion of a building under the control of a pre-school or child care facility. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the operator of a child care facility in a family home from owning or possessing a firearm in the home or license under this Act, if no child under child care at the home is present in the home or the firearm in the home is stored in a locked container when a child under child care at the home is present in the home.
(3) Any building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of government, provided that nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a licensee from carrying a concealed firearm onto the real property, bikeway, or trail in a park regulated by the Department of Natural Resources or any other designated public hunting area or building where firearm possession is permitted as established by the Department of Natural Resources under Section 1.8 of the Wildlife Code.
(4) Any building designated for matters before a circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court, or any building or portion of a building under the control of the Supreme Court.
(5) Any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government.
(6) Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of an adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail.
(7) Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home.
(8) Any bus, train, or form of transportation paid for in whole or in part with public funds, and any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public transportation facility paid for in whole or in part with public funds.
(9) Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of an establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment's gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol. The owner of an establishment who knowingly fails to prohibit concealed firearms on its premises as provided in this paragraph or who knowingly makes a false statement or record to avoid the prohibition on concealed firearms under this paragraph is subject to the penalty under subsection (c-5) of Section 10-1 of the Liquor Control Act of 1934.
(10) Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from the unit of local government, provided this prohibition shall not apply to a licensee who must walk through a public gathering in order to access his or her residence, place of business, or vehicle.
(11) Any building or real property that has been issued a Special Event Retailer's license as defined in Section 1-3.17.1 of the Liquor Control Act during the time designated for the sale of alcohol by the Special Event Retailer's license, or a Special use permit license as defined in subsection (q) of Section 5-1 of the Liquor Control Act during the time designated for the sale of alcohol by the Special use permit license.
(12) Any public playground.
(13) Any public park, athletic area, or athletic facility under the control of a municipality or park district, provided nothing in this Section shall prohibit a licensee from carrying or bikeway if only a portion of the trail or bikeway includes a public park.
(14) Any real property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District.
(15) Any building, classroom, laboratory, medical clinic, hospital, artistic venue, athletic venue, entertainment venue, officially recognized university-related organization property, whether owned or leased, and any real property, including parking areas, sidewalks, and common areas under the control of a public or private community college, college, or university.
(16) Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of a gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, including an inter-track wagering location licensee.
(17) Any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or any collegiate or professional sporting event.
(18) Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of a public library.
(19) Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of an airport.
(20) Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of an amusement park.
(21) Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of a zoo or museum.
(22) Any street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility, owned, leased, controlled, or used by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site or facility regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The licensee shall not under any circumstance store a firearm or ammunition in his or her vehicle or in a compartment or container within a vehicle located anywhere in or on the street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility described in this paragraph.
(23) Any area where firearms are prohibited under federal law.
What About Private Property?
The owner of private real property of any type may prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms on the property under his or her control. The owner must post a sign in accordance with the law indicating that firearms are prohibited on the property, unless the property is a private residence.
What Is This “Safe Harbor” I Heard About?
Notwithstanding other sections of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, any licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a prohibited location specified in the Firearm Concealed Carry Act shall be permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area.
A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle's trunk, provided the licensee ensures the concealed firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the vehicle. For purposes of this subsection, "case" includes a glove compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition, the trunk of the vehicle, or a firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container.
A licensee shall not be in violation of this Section while he or she is traveling along a public right of way that touches or crosses any of the premises prohibited under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act if the concealed firearm is carried on his or her person in accordance with the provisions of this Act or is being transported in a vehicle by the licensee in accordance with all other applicable provisions of law.
How Will I Know An Area Is Prohibited?
Signs stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building, premises, or real property, unless the building or premises is a private residence. Signs shall be of a uniform design as established by the Department and shall be 4 inches by 6 inches in size.
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