Section 250-85. Applicant training.
(a) Applicants shall provide proof of completion of at
least one of the following courses:
(1) National Rifle Association Basic Personal
Protection In The Home Course.
(2) National Rifle Association Basics of Personal
Protection Outside The Home Course.
(3) National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Shooting
(4) Any other firearms training course of at least 6
hours that covers the following:
(A) handgun safety in the classroom, at home, on
the firing range, and while carrying the firearm;
(B) the basic principles of marksmanship;
(C) care and cleaning of handguns;
(D) laws relating to the justifiable use of force.
(b) Applicants shall provide proof of certification by a
certified instructor that the applicant passed a live fire
exercise with a handgun consisting of:
(1) a minimum of 30 rounds; and
(2) 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards, 10 rounds
from a distance of 7 yards, and 10 rounds from a distance
of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette or equivalent target as
approved by the Department.
(b-5) Students may provide their own safe, functional
handgun. The qualification shall be performed with
(b-6) Grades of "passing" shall not be given on range work
to an applicant who:
(1) does not follow the orders of the certified
(2) in the judgment of the certified firearms
instructor, handles a firearm in a manner that poses a
danger to the applicant or to others; or
(3) during the testing portion of the range work fails
to hit the silhouette portion of the target with 70% of the
30 rounds fired.
(c) The classroom portion of the course may, at the
qualified firearms instructor's discretion, be divided into
segments of not less than 2 hours each.
(d) Instructors shall maintain all records for students'
performance for not less than 5 years.
(e) Certified firearms instructors shall:
(1) allow monitoring of their classes by officials of
any certifying agency;
(2) make all course records available upon demand to
authorized personnel of the Department; and
(3) not divulge course records except as authorized by
the certifying agency.
(f) Fees for applicant training courses shall be set by the
(g) An applicant training course shall not have more than
40 students in the classroom portion nor more than 5 students
per range officer engaged in range firing.
(h) Persons with the following training or certifications
are exempt from the requirements of subsection (a) of this
(1) An National Rifle Association certified
(2) An individual who has qualified to carry a firearm
as a retired law enforcement officer.
(3) Any active, retired, or honorably discharged
member of the armed forces.
(4) An individual certified as a law enforcement
instructor by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training
Standards Board or other equivalent agency.
Section 250-90. Firearms instructors training.
(a) Not later than 30 days after the effective date of this
Act, the Department shall establish a registry of instructors
who are eligible to teach courses or sign off on range
qualifications, or both, to meet the requirements of Section
250-85 of this Act.
(b) Instructors who are eligible to teach courses and
certify range qualifications shall have one of the following
valid firearms instructor certifications:
(1) National Rifle Association Personal Protection
(2) National Rifle Association Basic Pistol
(3) National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Firearm
Instructor with a certification for handguns;
(4) Certification from a firearms instructor's course
offered by a State or federal governmental agency; or
(5) A similar firearms instructor qualifying course
approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training
(c) Instructors who are eligible to teach courses and
certify range qualifications shall be at least 21 years of age
and possess at least a high school diploma or GED certificate.
(d) An applicant may have his or her instructor
qualification revoked if the applicant:
(1) does not meet the requirements of this Act to
possess a concealed firearms permit;
(2) provides false or misleading information to the
(3) has had a prior instructor qualification revoked by
the Board or other certifying organization.