Illinois State Police complete
investigation into complaints of improper firearms training
office in St. Clair County to consider corrective action
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[March 19, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State
Police announced Tuesday that as a result of an ISP investigation
into complaints of improperly certifying applicants, two firearms
instructors are no longer approved to instruct Illinois concealed
The complaints were received from the public in January, alleging
that these instructors were awarding certificates to students who
had not completed the required 16 hours of training required by law.
After conducting numerous interviews and reviewing records, ISP
investigators confirmed that the training was not conducted in
accordance with the law.
The Firearms Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66/75) states that
firearms instructors are required to teach all applicants a minimum
of 16 hours of curriculum approved by the Illinois State Police
prior to receiving an Illinois Concealed Carry License Training
Certificate. Students are not eligible for prior training credit.
"No system is going to be 100 percent fail-proof, and we know
that there will be individuals determined to abuse the process,"
said ISP Director Hiram Grau. "Our efforts to encourage applicants
to report suspicious activity or inconsistencies at every level are
working, and we want to remind the public that anyone caught abusing
the system could potentially face state and federal fraud charges — including jail time," he stressed.
Investigators also determined that 98 students who received the
training from these instructors did not meet the minimum hours of
required training. The ISP is in the process of notifying the
students that their training is invalid and their applications will
be denied. These students will be allowed to appeal the denial by
submitting a written petition through the ISP's administrative
The St. Clair County state's attorney's office has been notified
of the revocations and is in the process of reviewing a range of
options for corrective action. These options will depend on the
evidence and circumstances involved in each case and may include a
cease-and-desist letter, restitution or even criminal prosecution.
"Anyone seeking to legally obtain a concealed carry license also
expects that the firearms training will be conducted professionally,
honestly, and will reinforce firearms safety and responsibility,"
said St. Clair State's Attorney Brendan Kelly.
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"The people of good faith who have come forward believe in
law-abiding, responsible gun ownership and will ensure that the
integrity of concealed carry training is upheld and not twisted into
a means to defraud consumers," Kelly added.
Integrity is an important part of the concealed carry license
process, and the Illinois State Police agency is committed to
ensuring the guidelines and criteria are met under the law. The ISP
strongly urges applicants to review the rules governing the firearms
training requirements, ask questions and demand credentials from the
certified firearms instructor they are considering. A
list of more than 2,700 certified firearms instructors is
available on the ISP Concealed Carry website, and any instructor who
is no longer approved will be eliminated from the approved list.
The public can report abuses by completing the
complaint form (PDF) on the ISP Concealed Carry website at
http://www.isp.state.il.us/ or by calling 217-782-7980.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois State Police]