July 9th, 2013 – the day that Illinois residents were given back its constitutional right to protect themselves and others with a firearm.
The day that HB183 was enacted through an override of an amendatory veto by Governor Pat Quinn.
Read the full text HERE.
HB183 outlines how an Illinois resident is to carry a firearm. The key points to know right now:
- “Mostly concealed” firearm carry only – no open carry
- 16 hours of training required
- $150 fee for a permit
- The State Police have to approve all permits
As you wait for your CCW class to come, or wait until you can afford the high Illinois fees, you can -and should – take some important steps:
- Obtain a FOID if you do not already possess one.
- Consider taking a Utah concealed carry safety course.
- Take an NRA Basic Pistol Course
- Complete the Illinois Hunter Safety Class (This counts for 4 hours of the require 16)
- Decide what type of firearm to carry.
- Decide how you will carry the firearm.
HB183 places the highest training requirements on a permit holder than any other state. Whether an NRA instructional course or other training will satisfy any part of this requirement, but doing these things beforehand are beneficial and may safe time and energy when it comes ot sign up for your class.