Starting January 5, 2014, the Illinois State Police will be issuing applications for Illinois residents to obtain a concealed carry gun license. These licenses will be issued by the State Police. If you want to apply for a concealed carry license, you must have a valid firearm owner’s identification card (FOID), must be at least 21 years old, and must have completed a required training course. There are also many disqualifying factors that would prevent a person from being eligible to obtain a concealed carry license this includes the inability to obtain a FOID card. FOID cards will not be issued to persons who have a felony conviction, are addicted to narcotics, are undocumented immigrant, who have an order of protection filed against them, or who have a domestic battery conviction, for example. Additionally, the concealed carry application requires that the person not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving the use or threat of force, two or more DUI’s within five years, no pending arrest warrants, or criminal cases, or proceeding that could lead to disqualification, or not have been in residential or court ordered treatment for drugs or alcohol addiction in the previous five years. (Please see the actual statute for a complete list of qualifications and disqualifications. The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act, 430 ILCS 66/1 et seq.)
If you want to obtain a concealed carry permit, in addition to being over 21 and having a valid FOID card, you also need to take a training course from an instructor listed on the State Police website, which can be found by clicking here. You must have 16 hours of training, which includes hitting a target 70% of the time. If you are active, retired or honorably discharged from the military the State Police will grant you 8 hours of training, so you only have to complete eight more hours.