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Illinois Concealed Carry tries to answer all you questions about our services ahead of time, to make your decision and experience better and more enjoyable. If you need additional information send email [ HERE ].

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Concealed Carry Classes & Permits | FAQs

Q: Once I take a class, how long does it normally take the State of Utah to process my submitted application?

A: It will usually take up to 60 days for Utah to process your application. If you do not hear back within that time period, we would suggest you contact the Utah Bureau of Identification at 801-965-4445.

Q: How long is the Utah permit valid before I have to renew and what is the renewal process?
A: The permit is valid for 5 years. Utah BCI will send a reminder that your permit needs to be renewed. Renewal cost is $15 for another 5 years and you will not have to take another course if you renew within one year after the permit expiring.

Q: If I wanted you to come to my area of the State to offer a class, will you?
A: We certainly may! Especially if you have the ability to host a class and we can work together to sign people up. We are always looking for new areas to host our class. Best of all, we charge no extra for our travel time. Keep an eye out for future classes in your area here!

Q: I have registered for a class. Do I need to bring any firearms?
A: NO. They are not allowed in the classroom setting. The Utah CCW Permit requires no live firing, but the Florida permit does. Illinois Concealed Carry will provide the firearms for all classes.  There will be an extra small fee for ammunition.

Q: What do I need to bring to class?
A: Just a copy of your drivers license or state ID. A "F.O.I.D. (Firearm Owners Identification Card)" is not needed for the Utah CCW Permit.

Q: Why are your classes so reasonably priced?
A: We only charge $100 per person for the Utah CCW Permit. Other companies charge much more than this. We believe we can offer you the best training, with the most options available (photo, fingerprinting and mailing included) at the most economical pricing available. The State of Utah, Office of the BCI application fee of $51.00 in NOT part of the class fee.

Q: What if I want the Florida certification which requires shooting?
A: We offer the Florida Certification.  Please check the Class Offerings Page or contact Illinois Concealed Carry directly.

Q: Are there other States that offer Concealed Carry permits?
A: YES. Illinois Concealed Carry offers training and certifications for Wisconsin, Arizona, And Iowa. 

Q: Are there any reasons why I might not get approved for a Utah permit?
A: Learn about possible disqualifications by clicking here.

Q: Are there any reasons why I might not get approved for Florida permit?
A: Learn about possible disqualifications by clicking here.

Q: Are there any reasons why I might not get approved for Wisconsin, Arizona and Iowa permits?
A: Learn about possible disqualifications by clicking here.



NRA Firearm Training Courses | FAQs


Q: Why is there such an interest in firearms training?
A: With over 28,000 violent crimes being reported in Illinois last year people are choosing to get the training to reduce the risks of being a victim and instead taking the necessary steps to be survivors instead.

Q: What is it about your course offerings that would make me want to take it from you rather than someone else?
A: There are a lot of people offering firearms instruction and there are just as many differences in quality and content. It is my experience and the content I provide that sets me apart from the rest of the pack. For the concealed carry certification classes, I provide the laws both for concealed carry but also for use of force. A lot of people will not touch those subjects due to liability issues surrounding them. I also make my classes extremely enjoyable and modify them as needed to give my students the best possible experience.

Q: I do not own a firearm and actually have never even held one. Can I take a course?
A: In order to take my courses, either classroom or private lessons, you need not have had any prior firearms training or experience. Many of the people that take my courses have never fired a gun before.

Q: Are many women taking advantage of your course offerings?
A: Yes, a good percentage of the students that are taking my courses are women.  In addition Illinois Concealed Carry provides personal protection training with Non-Lethal Weapons as well.

Q: I already have my concealed weapons permit. Why would I want to take your concealed carry certification class?
A: Many people who already have their permits take the class as a refresher not just for firearms knowledge but also to get up to date information on concealed carry laws.  Illinois Concealed Carry offers an information CCW class.

Q: Is there anyone not allowed to take your classes?
A: If a person is restricted from possessing a firearm they may not take my classes or handle firearms.

Q: What is the minimum age to take your courses.
A. For the Basic Handgun Course which is also used for Concealed Carry Certification the minimum age is 13 to attend that course and a parent or guardian’s signature is required for anyone under 18 for any of the courses.

Q: What is the minimum age for someone get a concealed weapons permit?
A: Minimum age is 18.

Q: How long is the certificate that is issued from the Basic Pistol Course valid?
A: The certificate may be submitted to the state anytime within 5 years of issuance.

Q: What kind of guns do you supply for use in the Basic Pistol Course?
A: A .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol and .22 caliber revolver are used in the class. Both type of firearms are shot during the range portion of the training.

Q: Do you offer other types of firearms for training?
A: Illinois Concealed Carry offers a wide selection of firearms available for training including shotguns, rifles, pistols and tactical weapons.

Q: I am a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. If it is not convenient for me to come to you for training, will you instead come to me?
A: Absolutely. In cases of disability I will waive the minimum of 5 students requirement for location training and work out an arrangement for that will be the most viable for your situation. Please contact Illinois Concealed Carry directly for other possible arrangements.




Tasers / Stun Guns | FAQs


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Legal Questions

Q: Are stun guns or TASER devices legal?
A: They are legal in 42 states as long as you are not a minor, do not have any felony record and only use if for self defense. Please visit our Stun Guns Laws page for more detail.

States where all stun devices including TASER are illegal:

  • Hawaii
  • Illinios (unless you can provide a valid copy of your FOID card)               
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey                                                                                                       
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Wisconsin (unless you can provide a valid copy of your CCW permit)

Cities where all stun devices including TASER are illegal:

  • Annapolis, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Baltimore County, MD
  • Denison / Crawford County, IA (*According to Sheriff Tom Hogan*)
  • District Of Columbia
  • Philadelphia, PA

General Questions

Q: Can I carry them or put them in my car?
A: Most states allow civilians to have it for personal protection. Different areas might have different regulations. If you are in doubt and need more information, please contact your local law enforcement or sheriff's office and they should be able to tell you over the phone

Q: Can I travel with it?
A: It depends on where you are going and how. According to the Transportation Security Administration, stun guns and self defense sprays are allowed in checked baggage with restriction and prohibited in carry-on. For more information, please visit TSA site or contact your airline, they should be able to help you.

Q: Can I take it to Mexico or other countries?
A: It depends on how you travel and the laws in the area of your destination. Please contact the country's Embassy for more information

Q: Can stun guns be used at a distance?
A: No, all stun guns require direct contact in order for it to work. TASERs are the only product that will allow you to use in distance. Please see the question: How does TASER works to learn more about it.

Q: How stun guns work?
A: Stun gun uses high voltage and low amperage to temporarily disable an attacker. Stun gun does not rely on pain for results. The energy stored in stun gun is dumped into the attacker muscles causing them to do a great deal of work rapidly. This rapid work cycle instantly depletes the attacker blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid. In short, he is unable to produce energy for his muscles, and his body is unable to function properly. Stun gun also interrupts the tiny neurological impulses that control and direct voluntary muscle movement. When the attacker neuromuscular system is overwhelmed and controlled by the stun gun he loses his balance.

When a stun gun touches both probes against the assailant’s body for ½ second, it will startle the assailant, giving him some pain, muscular contraction and shock. For 1-2 seconds, it will cause muscle spasms and a dazed mental state. For 3-5 seconds, it will cause loss of balance and muscle control, total mental confusion and disorientation, leaving him dazed. Under no conditions can you suffer a charge back to your own body, even if the assailant touches you while you are using a stun gun on him.

Q: What is a TASER?
A: Taser is a trademark name from TASER International which is also the manufacturer that makes TASER for law enforcement. TASER is the only product in the market which will shoot out two 15 feet of wire and allow you to shoot at a distance.

Q: How does TASER work?
A: When you purchase a TASER, it doesn't matter which model you buy, they all work the same. Here is how they work.

All TASER devices come in two parts, the first part is the TASER itself which works as a handheld stun gun that allows you to make direct contact with the attacker.

The 2nd part is what they call the "air cartridge". An air cartridge is a square looking box which has two 15-foot wires that are attached to metal probes.

When you insert the air cartridge into the front of the TASER, press the trigger, the air cartridge is going to open up and will shoot out two 15-foot wires and that's what gives you the distance. As long as the Taser is attached to the attacker's body through the wire, everytime you press the trigger, the TASER will send out a few second pulse through the wire into the attacker's body which will keep him down.

Each air cartridge is for one shot only. Once the shot has been fired, you can just simply unplug the air cartridge from the TASER and insert a new one and get ready for another 15ft shot

Q: If TASER is not considered a firearm, why is a background check required?
A: Unlike firearms, the TASER background check is not required by the federal government. The background check is actually with the manufacturer, TASER International. TASER International makes TASERs for law enforcement as well as civilian; therefore, they want to ensure that no civilian TASER will fall in the wrong hand and use it against the law enforcement. That's why they require background check for everyone who wants to own a TASER.

Q: How can the Taser be so effective yet non-injurious?
A: The Taser does not depend upon impact or body penetration to achieve its effect. Its pulsating electrical output interferes with communication between the brain and the muscular system, resulting in loss of control. However, the Taser is non-destructive to nerves, muscles and other body elements. It simply affects them in their natural mode. More importantly, no deaths have ever been directly attributed to the TASER

Q: Does the TASER affect the heart or a cardiac?
A: The Taser’s output is well below the level established as "safe" by the federal government in approving such devices as the electrified cattle fence. In a medical study of the Model XR 500K electronic stun gun, Dr. Robert Stratbucker of the University of Nebraska Medical Center confirmed that the T-Wave does not interrupt the heartbeat or damage a pacemaker. Any modern pacemaker is designed to withstand electrical defibrillator pulses that are hundreds of times stronger than the Taser’s output. The AIR TASER current of 0.3 joules is well below the 10-50 joule threshold above which cardiac ventricular fibrillation can occur.

Q: Will the TASER cause electrocution?
A: No. The output is metered by the electronics and the electrical energy in each pulse is always the same, regardless of the target condition. The electrical output will not be transferred from one person to another even if they touch. Taser, Inc.’s president has been stunned by an Taser while standing in water to emphasize this point

Q: What are the aftereffects?
A: A person hit with an Taser will feel dazed for several minutes. The pulsating electrical output causes involuntary muscle contractions and a resulting sense of vertigo. It can momentarily stun or render an attacker unconscious. Yet, the Taser’s low electrical amperage and short duration of pulsating current, ensures a non-lethal charge.

Moreover, it does not cause permanent damage or long-term aftereffects to muscles, nerves or other body functions. A January 1987 Annals of Emergency Medicine study reported TASER technology leaves no long term injuries compared with 50% long term injuries for gun shot injuries.

Q: Must the probes penetrate the body to be effective?
A: No. The electrical current will "jump" up to two inches as long as both probes are attached to clothing or skin. At most, only the 3/8-inch needlepoint will penetrate the skin. They have less energy than a spring propelled BB.

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