Across the country, the number of concealed carry permit applicants has been on the rise, however from state to state the rules to receive said permit can be quite different. For example. some states require concealed carry applicants to prove their handgun competency by firing the handgun as a prerequisite to applying.
So being the proponents of firearm education that we are, we at Concealed Carry Inc. feel it is a good idea for citizens to acquire as much training as they can as part of their journey to being a safe and capable concealed carrier, however before worrying about what you should do as a new applicant, let’s take a look at what you must do to receive a permit in your state.
Illinois is included in the number of states that require live fire. This means that you will need to go through a course, either receiving a hunters safety card or an NRA course in order to receive your permit. Although there is no reason that you cannot get both, as it just means more training.
Regardless of what you decide, remember that your handgun is only as effective as you are trained and practiced with it. Seek out ongoing training and practice opportunities as often as time and finances allow for it. If you feel uncomfortable or incompetent on the range, seek out professional help!