concealed carry classesIllinois 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 two-day class offerings to earn the permit, which includes a firearm qualification with a minimum score of 70 percent.

Classes on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, will be Fridays and Saturdays, March 11-12 or April 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class also will be offered at the Southwest Education Center, 17900 S. 94th Ave., Tinley Park, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., on May 6-7. The fee to enroll is $249.

The curriculum covers cleaning, loading and unloading a concealable firearm, and 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.

Note that firearms or live ammunition are not allowed on the Moraine Valley 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. Register in the Registration Office, located in Building S, Room 103; by phone at (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711).

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