Concealed carry license training will be offered by Continuing Professional Development at the College of Lake County from Feb. 4-7. The CLC class runs from 6-10 p.m. at the Grayslake campus, with the final class held at a local shooting range. Future sessions will be held in March and April.
Beginning this January, Illinois began issuing concealed carry permits after the law allowing citizens to legally carry a concealed weapon in public was passed in 2013. More than 11,000 people have already applied for permits, according to the Illinois State Police. The Firearm Concealed Carry Act requires that qualified residents and nonresidents can apply for a license to carry a concealed firearm, but they must take 16 hours of training provided by an Illinois State Police-approved instructor.
The CLC course satisfies the legal training requirements and covers firearm knowledge, safety and personal protection, with a focus on the appropriate mindset and skills needed for responsibly exercising the right to carry. The training program includes live fire range qualification as well as the required classroom hours. Participants must be at least 21, and Illinois residents must be eligible to possess a valid FOID card.
The course will be taught by Roman Tapkowski, who has spent 33 years in law enforcement. He has worked for the Chicago Police Department, as a private detective and as a NRA Law Enforcement handgun/shotgun instructor. Tapkowski has been certified as an instructor by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, and was approved by the Illinois State Police to teach the concealed carry course.
For more information, visit wpdi.clcillinois.edu/professional/concealedCarry.asp or call (847) 543-2615. Cost for the 16-hour class is $299. Eight and 12-hour classes are available for those who meet the requirements.
For a list of frequently asked questions about the state law and its training requirements, visit the Illinois State Police website at ccl4illinois.com/ccw/Public/ISPFaq.aspx.