Illinois State Police Investigate Complaints of Improper Firearms Training

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Illinois State Police have announced that another firearms instructor from Bolingbrook is no longer approved to instruct Concealed Carry Curriculum.

327 applicants trained by the instructor will be told that their application has been denied due to improper training. By law, applicants are required to complete 16 hours of training in order to receive an Illinois Concealed Carry License Training Certificate. Police say they received complaints that firearms instructors were improperly training/awarding certificates to students who had not completed the required 16 hours of training.

After an investigation, the Illinois State Police have confirmed the training was not correctly conducted and are in the process of sharing their findings with the Will County State's Attorney's Office. Possible sanctions against the firearms instructors will be determined after the Will County State's Attorney's Office reviews the ISP's findings.

The applicants whose applications were denied due to the improper training will be able to become re-trained without having to pay the $150 application fee and will be able to appeal the denial by submitting a written petition through the ISP's administrative review process.

More than 2,700 certified firearms instructors can be found on the ISP Concealed Carry Website and any instructor who is no longer approved will be taken off the approved list. So far, 13 firearms instructors are no longer approved to teach Illinois Concealed Carry Curriculum and 425 applicants have been told their training is invalid.

The public can report abuses by completing the complaint form on the ISP Concealed Carry website at:, or by calling (217) 782-7980.

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