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Concealed Carry Training Rules Vary for Veterans

Concealed Carry Training Rules Vary for Veterans

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Veterans could cut their training time in half, according to Illinois law, if they want a permit to carry a concealed weapon — but it’s not universal.

Honorably discharged veterans can cut in half the amount of training required for a concealed carry permit, from sixteen to eight, regardless of whether their military training included small arms training. Some local instructors don’t agree with that portion of the law, but the law allows instructors to determine who’s in their class — they have the ability to say no.

Jim Feagans says those enrolling in his course may bring in a copy of their discharge papers to sign up for eight hours of training instead of sixteen.

“I take it as a one-on-one basis, where I have a problem with that is some of these retired military… they’ve never handled a handgun in their life,” says Jim Feagans, instructor at the Capital Firearms Academy. “They know nothing about handgun safety.”

State Rep. Brandon Phelps, a longtime sponsor of concealed carry legislation, says lawmakers may need to fine tune that portion of the law.

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