"For I will go before thee and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass and will cut in sunder the bars of iron." - Isaiah 45:2

With the dawn of the 21st century it seems we are a generation set in the most violent times in American History. Events such as Columbine, Aurora Colorado, and Sandy Hook have birthed an entirely new breed of killer, and we as Law Enforcement Officers and Armed Citizens alike must face that cold hard fact….. and embrace the knowledge that we too must evolve and adapt in order to survive. This is a phenomenon that was unheard of just a generation ago in our society. Gone are the days of calling for SWAT and attempting to negotiate, for this new killer’s needs are exactly what you must at all costs deny them…..a body count. Make no mistake, monsters are real, they are human, and they walk among us bearing the masks of anonymity. We cannot control when these beasts will emerge, but we can teach you the skills to engage them when they do; because if the recent tragedies have taught us anything it is that cowering and submission will not spare you from the carnage, the only objective to be had is to STOP the shooter. In these scenarios, the classic paradigms have shifted drastically from flee to seek safety…. to Fight or Die. The way to protect our nation’s children is not to invoke draconian restrictions on our Second Amendment; it is by the recognition that we must be prepared to be their shield when the unthinkable happens. We at BLACK FLAG FIREARMS TRAINING call on each Righteous American Citizen to be that shield, and have made it our mission to prepare you for the burden of that commitment. We shall do so not only with the strength and speed of your sword, but with the sharpening of your mind as well.

We designed and vetted our own curriculum that utilizes NRA Basic Pistol for the first 8 (So you can get a FL or AZ permit) and a mixture of civilian concealed pistol deployment drills and skill drills that mirror LE defensive training for the second day after the state requirements are met.
Find answerrs to your questions about the NEW Illinois CCW Law. For more information view the current ILLINOIS CCW LAW text.

Q.  The law seems to have increased the training requirement to 16 hours, what exactly are the requirements?
a )  The law states that it will consider existing training that the applicant has taken, up to 8 of the 16 hours required.  The training has yet to be determined by the Illinois state police training board.
    b )  Training for law enforcement or "TAN Cards" will be considered satisfactory, for the required 16 hours
    c )  Renewal will require an additional 3 hours of training

Q . Is there duty to inform? (DTI)
A . Yes, although DTI is only required if the officer asks.

Q.  Is this new law "may issue"?
A.  No, it is a "shall issue" law.  There is an exception/denial process, however, which involves review by an appointed board.

Q. The review board sounds an awful lot like May Issue
A.  Most applicants will not have their applications sent to the review board. The review board only comes into play if:
· A law enforcement agency objects to your application
· You have been arrested more than 5 times in the previous 7 years for any reason
· You have been arrested more than 3 times in the previous 7 years for gang related offences

Q. Can my Sheriff/Chief LEO object because he does not approve of concealed carry and/or has a grudge against me?
A. No. The objections made by LEO must be documented, specific to the applicant, and must demonstrate that the applicant would be a danger to public safety if given a permit. The review board will determine if the preponderance of evidence shows the applicant is a danger to public safety. Decisions by the review board can be appealed in Court. 

Q.  This law offers preemption, what does that mean for other "local" ordinance and regulation of firearms?
A.   Under the law, there are several forms of preemption:
a ) The carrying of firearms under this act is an exclusive function of the state and municipalities cannot regulate the carrying of handguns for self defense. # word under review
  b ) The law also preempts any municipal regulation of handguns for ownership, possession, registration or the like. i.e - Chicago would no longer be able to require training, a CFP or registration of someone who owns a handgun so long as they have been issued a FOID card.
  c ) There is transportation preemption which means so long as you are transporting you firearm in accordance with state law, you can legally transport it anywhere through the state.
d ) There is preemption of so called assault weapons bans. Current bans are grandfathered in. and a home rule municipality has 10 days after the law takes effect to pass one if they choose. After that date, no new bans on so called assault weapons may be enacted in the state.

Q.  What are the fees for obtaining a license?  How much will it cost to get a permit?
a ) For residents it is $150 for a permit. $300 for non-residents.
b ) Other "fees" and costs are ancillary, and not addressed by the law.  Examples of such fees are training expenses, range time, and fingerprinting
c )  Replacement of a permit, or address change, will cost $75

Q.  Is there a live fire requirement for obtaining a permit?
A.  Yes, the requirement consists of the following: An applicant for a new license shall provide proof of certification by a certified instructor that the applicant passed a live fire exercise with a concealable firearm consisting of:
(1) a minimum of 30 rounds; and
(2) 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 at a B-27 silhouette target  
70% is passing

Q.  How long will it take to get a permit?
A.  The approval status is supposed to be given within 90 days from the receipt of the application.  There is an appeal process that can be followed in the event that the 90 days are exceeded, or a denial is given.

Q. I drove to a GFZ (Gun-Free Zone). What do I do?
A. Nothing if you don’t exit your car such as picking up your child from school. However, if you must exit your vehicle to conduct some business,  you may leave your loaded firearm in a case within your locked vehicle (glove box and console count as cases), or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle. If you need to store your firearm in the trunk of a vehicle, you must unload it before you exit the vehicle.

Q. What if I drove a motorcycle to a GFZ?
A. Motorcycles are vehicles too. You can store your loaded or unloaded firearm in a locked container out of plain site(ie within saddlebags) that is securely fastened to the motorcycle.

Q. By mistake I entered into a GFZ while carrying. What do I do?
A. Immediately exit the premises. No side trips. 

Q. Nuclear facilities or other places prohibited by Federal Law?
A. Sorry, leave your gun at home. Federal prohibition takes precedence.

Q. Bars and Restaurants. Whats this 50% or more sales from alcohol thing?
A. You are not expected to check the books of every place you go to dine. The law requires bars and restaurants above the 50% alcohol sales threshold to post accordingly.  If bar or restaurant is not posted, then it is not a prohibited location.

Q.  Does this law make all personal firearm sales, without the use of a 3rd party (FFL), illegal?
A.  No.

Q.  Can you still transport unloaded and encased?
A.  Yes, the law doesn't change the current transport law for FOID card holders.  If you don't have a CC permit, you are by definition not a licensee under the act and thus the prohibitions cannot be applied to you.   The law also preempts units of government from having stricter transportation laws than state statute.

Q. Does the vehicle "Safe Harbor" override my employers ban on having a firearm in my vehicle in a company parking lot?
A. The law allows LICENSEES to store a firearm in your vehicle despite a company policy to the contrary. However, it does not prevent them from taking some sort of action against you as an employee. If you are under a collective bargaining agreement, you should contact your union about how they plan on handling this in the grievance procedure and as a new subject of mandatory bargaining.

Q.  Will this new law allow me to carry while driving a company truck?
A.  No the company policy will control that.

Q. Cook County Forest Preserve?
A. Grounds, buildings, parking lots, etc are all GFZs.  However, you may still store a firearm in a vehicle as noted in Section 65, Paragraph ( b )

Q. What about Forest Preserves outside of Cook County?
A. You may lawfully carry at outdoor locations, trails, parking lots, and outdoor picnic pavilions within a Forest Preserve. Some buildings on Preserve property might possibly be posted because they serve as educational or administrative buildings. Check for signs.

Q. Can I carry in Illinois on an out of state permit until I get an Illinois permit?
A. No.

Q. What effect does the Illinois CC law have on my non-resident Utah permit?
A. At present, no effect.  Utah only requires that you have your home state permit if your home state recognizes the Utah permit. Illinois currently will not recognize any out of state permits so you can apply for and renew a Utah permit without the need to have an Illinois permit.

Q. If there is a prohibited entity on one side of a parking lot and a non-prohibited are on the other, can I carry loaded in the parking lot to the non-prohibited entity?
A. Yes, the shared parking lot doesn’t preclude you from carrying.  The only way you can’t carry loaded is if it is a dedicated parking lot for the prohibited entity which would have control.  Then, you can carry unloaded/enclosed or leave the weapon in your car.

Q.  Must an applicant submit fingerprints, or perform a Livescan?
A.  No.  A completed application does not require fingerprints.  However, there is an additional 30 days added onto the 90 day approval/denial period for applications submitted without fingerprints.

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