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Covid 19-Classes

 Our classes are back!!  We have missed our students.  Our classes are limited in size, so they are filling up quickly.We ask that our students wear a mask, we are social distancing in the class room.  We also ask that our students bring gloves. The gloves are used when we do any training pistol exercises.  Students are fre...
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Illinois Concealed Carry and FOID application assistance

Firearms Training Chicago offers assistance for individuals who would like us to process your Illinois Concealed carry license or FOID card application. Our goal is to use our expertise to streamline the process. Call Tina, 708-267-0730, to make an appointment. 
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IL CCL Renewals

Illinois Concealed Carry licenses expire in 5 years. In order to renew your license, you will need to attend a 3 hour renewal class and qualify at a range.  If you have applied for renewal and then your license expires, your license is still valid.  If you fail to attend the 3 hour renewal class, prior to expiration, you will need to atte...
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CCL Insurance

Over the years, many students have asked about Concealed Carry Insurance. We recommend US Law Shield. The price is $10.95 per month.  We have a representative from the company speak at most of our Concealed Carry Classes.  If you pay annually you receive 2 months free. Please use our promo code FTCIL1 for special discounts.
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Illinois Concealed Carry Class

On Sunday, we completed Range Qualification at Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale.Many of the students that were in attendance were at the Range to complete their 3 hour Renewal Course. One of the students had the same bullets that he purchased at Chuck's  Gun Shop 5 years ago, which means he has never been to a range since his initial Concealed Ca...
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Training

Many people make the mistake of thinking that once they receive their Concealed Carry license they are fully trained.  Many of our past students are returning for their renewal class. It is great to see what a difference carrying a firearm for 5 years has meant to them. However, many of our past students have not been to a range since they att...
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CCL Revoked Because of FOID Expiration

If your Illinois Concealed carry license was revoked because you let your FOID card expired  do not file an appeal with the Illinois State Police. You need to renew your FOID card and then complete and send in a Request for Concealed Carry License Review form. The form should be included in the notice that you received from the Illin...
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Illinois Concealed Carry Renewal Class

Just a reminder that Illinois Concealed carry licenses need to be renewed every 5 years. In order to renew your license, you need to attend a 3 hour class.If your Illinois Concealed carry license expires it remains valid as long as you attended the 3 hour renewal class and applied for your Renewal license with the Illinois State Police , prior to e...
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Gun Law Seminar

We will be hosting a Gun Law Seminar on May 23rd at the Elks Lodge, 10720 S. Central, Chicago Ridge. Included will be a Q & A session with a Criminal Defense attorney along with a presentation from US Law Shield. The seminar will start at 6:30 pm.Call 708-212-3067 for more details.
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Check your FOID card expiration

It is very important that you check the expiration of your FOID card.  If your FOID card expires, your Illinois Concealed carry license will be revoked. You will enjoy carrying a firearm on a daily basis. If you FOID expires, then your Concealed carry license will be revoked by the Illinois State Police.  The process to get your Illinois ...
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Private Illinois Concealed Carry classes

We continue to offer classes on a weekly basis at our location in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Many people are taking advantage of having a private group training class at their home or workplace. With private home Concealed Carry training, an instructor will come to your home or workplace and provide a private Concealed Carry class. This is also a gre...
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Illinois Concealed Carry Renewal

Our first Illinois Concealed carry class was in October 2013. Illinois Concealed carry licenses must be renewed every 5 years.  The Illinois State Police require a 3 hour renewal class.  The renewal class requires Range qualification. Our renewal class has been approved by the Illinois State Police. License holders should take an Ill...
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Situational Awareness

We are officially in the Holiday season.  This is the time to remember Situational Awareness. You want to be aware of your surroundings. You want to be aware of entrances and exits of the locations of where you will be going to. The most common places for crime to occur is at a Gas Station, Parking lot, or withing 50 feet of the front door of ...
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Utah raises Concealed carry permit fee

As of August 1, 2017, the State of Utah now charges $67.00 for a Non-Resident permit fee.  The fee was $47.00.  The extra $20.00 is for a mandatory fingerprint based background check.  The Utah Concealed carry license is recognized in 30 states.   Our next Utah Concealed carry class will be on September 2, 2017.
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Illinois Concealed Carry licenses recognized in other states.

Illinois Concealed Carry licenses are currently recognized in 31 other states.  When traveling you need to know the laws of the states that you are in.  Ignorance of the law is no defense.  We have found that www.handgunlaw.us is a great resource for determining which states you can carry your firearm in, along with the laws of the s...
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Michael Slevnik will be on a TV Show

Michael Slevnik, our founder and Chief Instructor, will be on the Learning Channel on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm Central Time. Michael has been a Private Detective for the past 25 years. The television show, This is Life Live,  follows Michael along on an Investigation. 
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New Update on Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses

As of January 31,2017, there are currently 2,112,853 FOID Cards in the State of Illinois.  There are currently 220,423 Concealed Carry licenses in Illinois. Also, on February 1st, 2017, the Illinois State Police announced a change in their list of states eligible for an Illinois Concealed carry licenses. This list only includes Arkansas, Missi...
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Current number of CCL's and FOID Cards

As of August 31, 2016 there are currently 197,860 Concealed carry licenses in the State of Illinois.  There are 2,052,443 FOID cards in the State of Illinois. An Illinois resident must have a FOID card to possess ammunition and firearms. We continue to offer Illinois Concealed carry classes every week.
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Virginia now recognizes Illinois CCL

Virginia now recognizes Illinois Concealed carry licenses. Your Illinois Concealed carry license is now recognized in 29 states. There are over 179,000 Concealed carry licenses and over 2,016,000 FOID cards in the State of Illinois. Carry Safely
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Ohio Gun Shop Owner killed during concealed carry class

On Saturday the owner of the KayJay Gun shop in Amelia, Ohio was fatally shot when a student in a concealed carry class accidentally discharged a firearm in class while practicing malfunction drills.  This incident was unfortunate and avoidable.  One of the rules of the National Rifle Association is that no live ammunition is allowed in t...
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Texas now recognizes Illinois Concealed carry licenses

The state of Texas now recognizes Illinois Concealed carry licenses. Visit www.handgunlaw.us for a list of Texas laws.
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We offer Illinois Concealed Carry classes every week

We continue to offer Illinois Concealed carry classes every week. Our classes our held at the Elks Lodge, 10720 S. Central, Chicago Ridge, and the Holiday Inn Express, 13330 S. Cicero, Crestwood.Range qualification is done at Chuck's Gun Shop, 14310 S. Indiana, Riverdale.
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Minnesota Now Recognizes Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses

This comes from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Permit to Carry Reciprocity Minnesota Law Under Minnesota law, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been required since 2003 to publish a list of states which have handgun carry permit laws that are not substantially similar to Mi...
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Thank You Gov. Rauner for signing SB836...Friday, July 10, 2015

This is from the Illinois Rifle Association.

We appreciate the Governor's prompt action on SB 836.  This bill takes effect immediately.  The State Police will begin implementing SB 836 on Monday, July 13, 2015.

SB 836 contains the following changes:

Firearms Concealed Carry Act:


  1. Limits the waiver of privacy rights regarding the concealed carry application to only those records pertinent to obtaining a concealed carry license.

  2. Clarifies that if a concealed carry licensee presents their ICCL during a law enforcement investigative stop that it is presumed they are carrying a firearm.

  3. Clarifies the definition of a "mental disability" as it pertains to persons seeking a concealed carry license.

  4. Eliminates the requirement that a licensee unload his or her firearm when storing or retrieving a firearm from the trunk of their vehicle.

  5. Provides that Emergency Service personnel may ask anyone lawfully carrying a firearm to secure the firearm for the duration of the contact.

  6. Changes mental health reporting requirements.

FOID Act:

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Witness to a policeman being beaten...Pulls gun on suspect...

Policeman is saved from more serious injury or possible death when a witness came to help!  According to the report in News Channel 9 in Oklahoma,

According to a report, that's when a witness nearby charged up with his weapon drawn and told Jermaine he would shoot him if he did not stop hitting Eller. That heroic witness has not been identified.

It is very important for our citizens to have the ability to defend themselves and others.

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Welcome to the Firearms Training Chicago website

Ohio now accepts Illinois Concealed carry licenses.

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