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This course is designed to satisfy the requirements to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit with emphasis on Chicago gun laws and restricted areas. The course consists of both classroom work and range work. Students will be required to successfully complete the course and pass both a written examination and a practical range proficiency test. Students must read, write and understand English and be able to follow all of the directions given by the training staff.


Course attendees must pass a practical proficiency test on the firing range, scoring no less than 70% with a minimum of 30 rounds fired at distances of 5 yards,  7 yards, and 10 yards, in addition to the classroom portion, in order to be certified as having completed the course. Upon course completion of the  full (16) hour program, the course attendee will receive a "Certificate of Course Completion".  The State of Illinois requires combined firearms training of 16 hours in order for an individual to apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit.


Course tuition does not include range fee and ammunition costs. Purchase ammunition for your handgun before you attend class, and expect to fire 50 rounds. After completing the classroom section of the course at the academy, students will drive to a nearby suburban range to complete the live-fire section of this course. Range fees are $ 25.00 and ammo is around $20 per student. This expense is separate from the tuition of the course and students pay separately for this associated cost.



Course Goal:  To develop in the students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude required to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Illinois and City of Chicago.

Lesson Plans


The classroom portion of this course will be held at the Chicago Arms Training Academy located at 203 N LaSalle St, Suite 2100, Chicago, Illinois 60601.  The shooting portion of this course will be held at one of our shooting ranges.  The range location will be located at one of our indoor range partners.


Chicago Arms has divided the (16) hour training program into two segments, each done on a separate day -- generally Saturday and Sunday from 8am-5pm.  Students can take both days in consecutive order or spread across multiple weekends.


Experienced Applicants may obtain credit for up to 8-hours if can document previous training received form the NRA Basic Pistol Course, NRA Personal Protection In the Home, NRA Personal Protection Outside of the Home, Active, Retired or Honourably Discharged Member of the US Armed Forces.  Contact Chicago Arms to find out if you qualify for previous training credit.


Upon successful completion of the entire program, students will receive a "Certificate of Course Completion" signed by the Firearm Instructor. This certificate is proof of successful completion of the course. A copy of the certificate is to accompany the students application for a concealed carry permit.


Course Fee: $300.00

** Range fee and ammunition not included


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