On Tuesday, ISP said an instructor from Bolingbrook is no longer approved to instruct the Illinois Concealed Carry Curricula after failing to properly train applicants.
The applicants will have the opportunity to become re-trained without incurring another $150 application fee, and will be allowed to appeal the denial by submitting a written petition through the ISP’s administrative review process, police said.
Since January, state police said they have investigated numerous complaints regarding instructors who were allegedly improperly training students and/or awarding certificates to students who had not completed the 16 hours of training required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Illinois.
In the case of the Bolingbrook instructor, "ISP investigators have confirmed that the training was not conducted in accordance with the law, and are in the process of providing investigative findings to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office," state police said.
“The public expects firearms instructors to provide a thorough understanding and solid foundation of the curriculum and practical training that meets all qualifications of the law,” ISP Director Hiram Grau said in a statement released Tuesday. “When these instructors fall short, safety is compromised and the integrity of the training process raises concerns."
Once the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has reviewed the ISP’s investigative findings, prosecutors will work with the ISP to determine if sanctions against the firearms instructors are appropriate, police said.
A list of more than 2,700 certified firearms instructors is available on the ISP concealed carry website. Instructors who are no longer approved will be removed from the list, police said.
To date, 13 instructors are no longer approved to conduct concealed carry training, and a total of 425 applicants have been notified of invalid training.
A list of the revoked instructors is also posted on the concealed carry website.