Dates set for first Concealed Carry certification classes at RLC


INA, Ill. – Gun owners in Southern Illinois and throughout the state will soon have the option to choose Rend Lake College as a training center to earn a concealed carry license.

On Monday, the Illinois State Police released a list of approved concealed carry firearm training curricula and training centers, including RLC, in connection with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which was passed on July 9, 2013. Three classes have been set in a two-day format to offer the certification.

The classes will be held in a two-day format. Two classes will be held from 8-4:30 p.m. at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon: Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10; and Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8.

Additionally, one class scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 will last from 8-6 p.m. at the RLC MarketPlace for training in concealed carry laws in both Illinois and Utah.

The first day of the course will include classroom work and instruction by a RLC certified instructor, including a minimum of 8 hours of work and a half-hour lunch break. No firearms should be brought into the classroom or onto the RLC MarketPlace campus.

Day two instruction will begin at the RLC MarketPlace and the class will travel to the Mt. Vernon Firing Range to complete certification. Instruction will be provided on the first day of the class regarding firearms for the Firing Range.

RLC is offering the classes at $200 for each two-day session. Once the participant enrolls in the training class, they must also be fingerprinted at an additional cost of approximately $75 and fill out an application for a state license, which costs $150. Fingerprinting will not be available during the class. The state will not begin processing these applications before January 5, 2014; however, the training class can be completed beforehand.

To register for the class, contact the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Registration and payment must be completed by the day before the class, and will be accepted until the class is full.

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