concealed carryIllinois residents looking to obtain a concealed carry permit must complete 16 hours of training required by the Illinois State Police. Moraine Valley Community College has several class offerings to help you earn the permit. The class offerings include a firearms qualification with a minimum score of 70 percent.

The curriculum covers cleaning, loading and unloading a concealable firearm, in addition to all applicable state and federal laws relating to ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm. Required for entry into the class is a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID), a concealable type firearm (handgun) and 100 rounds of ammunition.

Classes are on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Feb. 5-6, March 11-12, and April 15-16.

The concealed carry class is also offered at the Blue Island Education Center, 12940 S. Western Ave., from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., on Jan. 22-23. The class can also be taken at the Southwest Education Center at 17900 S. 94th Ave., Tinley Park, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., on May 6-7. The fee to enroll is $249.

Firearms or live ammunition are not allowed on the Moraine Valley Community College campus or in classrooms. These items must remain at home on Friday. Participants will bring them to the range, Rink’s Gun and Sport Shop, 14363 S. Archer Avenue, Lockport, on Saturday.

For more information, call (708) 974-5216. You can register in the Registration Office, located in Building S, Room 103; by phone at (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711); or online.

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