DISCLAIMER: Answers provided to the following questions are meant only to give general guidance. The answers do not and are not meant to replace statutory language.
If you have a question regarding the Firearm Owner's Identification Card or the Firearm Concealed Carry Act that is not addressed in these sections, please call (217) 782-7980 or email ISP.AskFOIDandCCL@illinois.gov.
1. The Application Process
If you possess an MML, are a caregiver pursuant to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, and/or otherwise use cannabis consistent with Illinois law, your CCL will not be revoked nor your CCL application denied. Medical Marijuana Licenses are State-issued and cannot result in the denial of any right or privilege.
However, under Federal law, you are subject to restrictions that prohibit you from aquiring or possessing firearms and firearms ammunition. These restrictions are pusuant to the Gun Control Act of 1968, specifically, 18 U.S.C. §922, and remain in effect until the revocation or relinquishment of your medical cannabis card or until one year after you last used cannabis, whichever is later.
- Firearms Safety - a minimum of 1 hour;
- Basic Principles of Marksmanship - a minimum of 1 hour;
- Care, Cleaning, Loading and Unloading of a Concealable Firearm - a minimum of 1 hour;
- All Applicable State and Federal Laws Relating to the Ownership, Storage, Carry and Transportation of a Firearm (including but not limited to the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm) - a minimum of 2 hours; and
- Weapons Handling - a minimum of 1 range hour.
- A minimum of 30 rounds
- 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, fired at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the ISP.
CCW Prior Training Credits
3. Instructor Applicants
- be at least 21 years of age
- be a legal resident of the United States and qualified for a Concealed Carry License in Illinois
- possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
have at least one of the following valid firearms instructor certifications:
- Certification from a law enforcement agency
- Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by a state or federal governmental agency
- Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board
- Certification from an entity approved by the Illinois State Police that offers firearm instructor education and training in the use and safety of firearms
Specifically, all applicants must complete the applicable training as specified in 430 ILCS 66/75. Pursuant to Section 75(e) instructors are not required to issue training certificates to any applicant who: (a) does not follow the orders of the certified firearms instructor, (b) in the judgement of the certified instructor handles a firearm in a manner that poses a danger to the applicant or to others or (c) during the range firing portion of testing fails to hit the target with 70% of the rounds fired.
The statute and rules provide objective standards to be applied by the instructors. The Illinois State Police does not condone discrimination on the basis of a physical disability.