Here at Guns Save Life, we take a very dim view of instructors who cut corners and fail to provide even the minimal levels of training required by the State of Illinois for the concealed carry licenses.
Enter Security Guard Training out of Chicago.
Their lead instructor, James Andel, was decertified by the Illinois State Police in recent days and all roughly 230 of his former students are having their concealed carry license applications rejected because of insufficient training.
What was he doing?
According to the Security Guard Training website and posts at the Illinois Carry forum, he was offering the NRA’s Basic Pistol class online, in clear violation of NRA policy. NRA also requires NRA Basic Pistol instructors to provide firearms and ammunition for the live-fire part of that class.
We’ve been on the phone with ISP about a week ago and one of their officers in the CCW unit told us there are a number of investigations underway on instructors who aren’t providing the required training.
Guns Save Life recommends that those who sign up for CCW classes make sure their classes satisfy the law’s requirements. If the instructor fails to meet those standards, ask them to do so and if they refuse, ask for your money back.
Don’t expect your fellow gun owners to feel sorry for you if you took a 16-hour class that got out in 8-hours with a wink and a nod only to have your license application rejected three months later because of faulty training – or worse yet, have your license revoked months after it was issued.