Our friends over at the firearm internet forum Illinois Carry announced today that they were setting up an instructor oversight panel to go after unscrupulous and unethical trainers here in Illinois.
We at GunsSaveLife welcome Illinois Carry’s announcement.
It was accompanied by a checklist folks can use when searching for a good instructor.
Kind of like the one we published in GunNews in 2012, and reposted here in our website late last year and then again in September of this year.
Of the Illinois Carry announcement, we say better late than never.
We’ve long wondered where Illinois Carry was at when at least one company was advertising on Illinois Carry that they had instructors which were Illinois “approved” or certified when said instructors were not. We’ve wondered where Illinois Carry was at back in September when it was GunsSaveLife.com who was calling out Equip2Conceal’s advertisement of Illinois “certified” concealed carry classes when the Illinois State Police had yet to certify or approve anyone’s classes.
In fact, we still didn’t have any support, either direct or indirect from Illinois Carry when Equip2Conceal’s owner threatened legal action against GSL on the Illinois Carry forum for GSL calling out their faulty advertisement.
In all fairness, we suppose they hadn’t set up their oversight board back in September.
All that is water under the bridge and we welcome not only Illinois Carry’s announcement, but also the Illinois State Rifle Association’s high-profile announcements both last week and this week threatening to go after unscrupulous instructors and training schools.
Once again: Welcome. There’s plenty of work to go around.
IllinoisCarry Launches Panel to Help Oversee Concealed Carry Instructors
IllinoisCarry wants to be sure our members are getting the correct, full measure of training required by law. We have launched the IllinoisCarry Instructor Oversight Panel (IIOP) to help insure instructors follow rules set by the ISP and meet the requirements of the law. It is our concern that having Instructors whose courses do not meet state requirements could lead to the Illinois State Police and the IL General Assembly seeking stricter rules and regulations for everyone.
We have compiled a sample checklist for members to use when searching for a good instructor:
Does the instructor offering a NRA Basic Pistol Class as part of their training issue NRA student materials and official NRA Certificates?
Does the instructor offering a NRA Basic Pistol Class teach the full live-fire course required by the NRA?
Does the instructor fulfill the minimum time requirements for each element required? (line 271)
Does the instructor use the B-27 target required by law with 70% of 30 rounds needing to be in the silhouette area of the target?
Does the instructor present and explain the FOID Act, federal gun laws, and the IL Concealed Carry Act above and beyond a printed handout to take home?
Does the instructor know and inform the class that fingerprints are not mandatory for concealed carry applicants? The ISP will have 90 days to issue a license when fingerprints are submitted and 120 days if prints are not submitted.
If you have encountered a problem with an instructor or one you believe to be in violation of the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry ACT, please contact us at IllinoisCarry.com.