Getting A Concealed Carry Permit in Illinois is Not as Easy as You'd Think

By Phillip Reed |

Published 08/06 2014 09:35PM

Updated 08/07 2014 09:13AM

Rockford- Skip Peters is fed up with crime in the Forest City.  “The crime rate is high in Rockford, and I know that there is a lot of misinformation out there, so I want to get the particulars on what is required to get a concealed [carry] permit,” says Peters.

Peters attended the Five Pointers Neighborhood Association Meeting on Wednesday to learn more about the concealed carry law.

Firearm instructor, Brian Leggero, spoke to those in attendance.

Police say hundreds of applicants have been denied licenses because they did not receive proper training from firearms instructors. They say some instructors passed students without making them complete the required sixteen hours of training.

Leggero says, “When you have semi-trained people out there carrying handguns, it doesn’t look best for us or the community.”

Illinois State Police have a list of licensed firearm instructors on their website, and a list of instructors who have had their license revoked. One person from Winnebago County is on the list.

Click here for a list of licensed firearms instructors. in Illinois

Click here to learn more about the Five Pointers Neighborhood Association.

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