The history of Chicago guns permits has been rocky for sure. It has only been a few years since the state of Illinois began to allow citizens to apply for concealed carry permits and obviously that state law set up a system for everyone to apply for a concealed carry permit including people in Chicago.
Here is what you need to do to obtain a state permit to carry your gun in Chicago and anywhere else in Illinois:
1: Find a local instructor (we of course think we are the best) who is certified by the Illinois State Police to teach. Remember that you will get what you pay for and when it comes to gun training you probably don’t want to find the cheapest option in town.
2: Schedule yourself for a qualifying class. The state of Illinois determines the class curriculum so there won’t be much variance between classes or instructors in terms of the length of the concealed carry class or the core content taught. It will be a 12 hour class that includes both classroom and live range fire training.
3: Start the process of obtaining both a state digital ID and a FOID card. This isn’t difficult but can be a little time consuming so best to get this process started. More information here: Illinois FOID card.
4: After your class you can begin your application process via the internet. The cost of application is $150.
In the concealed carry class in Chicago or wherever you may take it you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have. We hope you will consider us for your training and class needs!