While still taking their own sweet time to implement recognition of Illinoisans' Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms, the Illinois State Police have recently reached one milestone in that process. From ISP's website:
In advance of the September 6th statutory deadline, Illinois State Police Officials today announced the Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor and Curriculum applications are available on its website. Qualified individuals interested in completing the application to become an Illinois certified firearms instructor or to have their firearms curriculum approved for use in Illinois can access the application at http://www.isp.state.il.us/
The Department has developed a registry which will include information regarding approved instructors who apply and successfully demonstrate they meet all of the statutory requirements as soon as applications are approved. Similarly, a list of approved courses will also be available on the ISP website.
Aspiring instructors will be required to submit their fingerprints, because, apparently, of the "epidemic of concealed carry instructor imposter crime" plaguing other states.
Instructors must, in addition to having graduated from high school or earned a GED, have at least one of the following qualifications:
- Certification from a law enforcement agency
- Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by a state or federal governmental agency
- Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
- Certification from an entity approved by the Illinois State Police that offers firearm instructor education and training in the use and safety of firearms, such as the National Rifle Association of America (NRA).
Finally, the aspiring instructor's planned curriculum must also be approved.
This is a rather heavy load of micromanaging paperwork the ISP is taking on. That is not exactly a comforting thought, given that agency's chronic inability to handle the much simpler Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card application process in a timely manner--despite their legal requirement to be far more timely than they are.
Of course the Illinois legislature could do the ISP (not to mention the apocalyptically ruinous state budget) an enormous favor, and treat the right to keep and bear arms as if it were a right Constitutionally mandated to not be infringed, and thus not subject to the byzantine system of legal hoops current law inflicts on it. And of course they will not.
Not, at least, until the people of Illinois give them no choice.
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