April Fools Joke by Illinois State Police, but 327 CCL Applicants Aren’t Laughing

Originally Posted April 3rd, 2014

On April 1st 2014, 327 applicants for the Illinois Concealed Carry License were sent letters by the Illinois State Police, the timing of these letters could not have been better, April Fools!  But there is no joke, these 327 applicants aren’t laughing.  These letters are denial letters based upon improper training by unscrupulous instructors.

The following is the press release by the Illinois State Police…

327 Applicants Notified of Improper Training

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today that another firearms instructor from Bolingbrook is no longer approved to instruct Illinois Concealed Carry Curricula, and 327 applicants trained by the instructor will receive notification that their application has been denied due to improper training.

Since January, ISP has investigated numerous complaints from the public alleging that firearms instructors were improperly training and /or awarding certificates to students who had not completed the required 16 hours of training required by law.   The Firearms Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66/75) states that firearms instructors are required to teach all applicants, who are not eligible for prior training credit, a minimum of 16 hours of curriculum approved by the Illinois State Police prior to receiving an Illinois Concealed Carry License Training Certificate.

After conducting numerous interviews and reviewing records, ISP investigators have confirmed that the training was not conducted in accordance with the law, and are in the process of providing investigative findings to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“The public expects firearms instructors to provide a thorough understanding and solid foundation of the curriculum and practical training that meets all qualifications of the law,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.  “When these instructors fall short, safety is compromised and the integrity of the training process raises concerns,” he stressed.

The ISP is notifying the applicants that their training is invalid and their applications will be denied.  The applicants will have the opportunity to become re-trained without incurring the $150.00 application fee, and will be allowed to appeal the denial by submitting a written petition through the ISP’s administrative review process.

Once the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has reviewed the ISP’s investigative findings, prosecutors will work with the ISP to determine if sanctions against the firearms instructors are appropriate.

A list of more than 2700 certified firearms instructors can be found on the ISP Concealed Carry website, and any instructor who is no longer approved will be eliminated from the approved list.

These investigations remain on-going and the public is encouraged to file complaints. To date, 13 firearms instructors are no longer approved to teach Illinois Concealed Carry Curricula, and 425 applicants have been notified of the invalid training.    Beginning today, the ISP will be posting the names of the unapproved instructors on the Concealed Carry website under the firearms instructor section.

Integrity is an important part of the Concealed Carry License process and the Illinois State Police is committed to ensuring the guidelines and criteria are met under the law. The ISP strongly urges applicants to review the rules governing the firearms training requirements, ask questions and demand credentials from the certified firearms instructor they are considering.

The public can report abuses by completing the complaint form on the ISP Concealed Carry website at: http://www.isp.state.il.us/, or by calling (217) 782-7980.

The Illinois State Police has made a list of revoked instructors available to the public. One should note that not all of the instructors have been revoked for dishonesty or wrong doing. Other dis-qualifiers such as mental health issues or moving out of state will cause an instructors credentials to be revoked. To view a list of revoked instructors you may visit: https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/Public/revoked.aspx

The original Illinois State Police press release may be found here,  http://www.isp.state.il.us/media/pressdetails.cfm?ID=790

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Thomas Kral

Thomas Kral is an avid gun rights advocate being involved in the movement in Illinois since 2012 and became one of the very first Concealed Carry instructors to be certified by the Illinois State Police in 2013.

Thomas is also a proud father and husband, having said, "The only things more important than 2nd Amendment issues and gun rights are my wife and kids."

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