Certifications Obtained Through This Course
- Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP)
- Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License (CWFL)
- Illinois Concealed Handgun License (CHL)
This highly rated, fun, informative 37+ state concealed carry class and gun law seminar qualifies you to obtain CCW permits from Illinois, Arizona and/or Florida. This 2 consecutive day CCW permit class is held in conjunction with our partner store Bass Pro Shops, conveniently located near you in East Peoria, IL. This is the full 16 hour class and range portion that qualifies participants for the IL permit.
Concealed Carry Class at Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria, IL
This course is designed for someone who either has no prior training or has completed 4 hours of prior training (such as the Legal Heat Utah permit course).
INCLUDED IN THE COURSE:
This course includes everything needed to obtain the Illinois permit, including: photos, all necessary paperwork, materials, etc.
TRAINING SCHEDULE Day 1
Who: Mandatory for Those with No Approved Training Credits.
Where: Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria, IL
Time: 9 AM at Store
What: First 4 hours of class will be the Utah Firearms Class. The second portion of the session will cover firearm safety as well as integrate some hands-on training drills utilizing SIRT training pistols. This includes an overview of care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm. Gun identification: revolver, semi-automatic, misc. Ammunition identification and selection, safety and cleaning protocols, cleaning equipment loading and unloading, firearm safety; basic principles of marksmanship, revisiting some of the topics discussed during Utah Class in more detail.
Topics covered will include the following:
Firearm Safety, an Introduction to the 4 Basic Firearm Handling Safety Rules, Principles of Marksmanship - SIRT Pistol Training, Stance, Grip, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture, Trigger Control, Weapon Handling, Dry Fire Practice Drills and Handgun Fundamentals.
TRAINING SCHEDULE Day 2
Who: Mandatory for Everyone
Where: Range (address will be given by your instructor on day 1)
Time: 8 AM
What: Day 2 will include the mandatory range qualification first, then the final classroom portion at the store after the range. The range portion includes weapon handling live-fire practice drills, a handgun fundamentals live fire qualification with a concealable firearm consisting of a minimum of 30 rounds which must include 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards; 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards; and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the Illinois State Police.
(See www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/ccw-faq.cfm) Decompression Review range qualification.
After the range portion we will return to the store classroom and introduce the new law as well as cover all applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm. Topics covered will include the following:
The Illinois Concealed Carry Act in its entirety with emphasis on 430 ILCS 66/10(h) which includes instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.
Additional emphasis on:
430 ILCS 66/65 which includes instruction on prohibited areas and the parking lot exception.
The FOID Act 430 ILCS 65/1 et. seq.
Relevant portions of the ILCS including but not limited to
1) 720 ILCS 5/7-1. Use of force in defense of a person
2) 720 ILCS 5/7-2. Use of force in defense of dwelling
3) 720 ILCS 5/7-3. Use of force in defense of other property**
4) 720 ILCS 24/1 et. seq. Unlawful Use of Weapons
Additional Topics covered will include the following:
Firearm Safety with the 4 Basic Firearm Handling Safety Rules, Home Storage, Vehicle Storage, Public Storage, Defensive Shooting drills with SIRT Pistol Training including Presentation & Stance, Dry Fire Practice Drills and Practice Drills from Concealment.
Finishing out the day on Sunday with the IL CCL Online Application Process as well as processing paperwork for the AZ permit.. A Fingerprint Vendor will be at class on Sunday to process the Live Scan Fingerprints for the IL CCL as well as the Arizona print cards for those that want them. There is a separate fee for these services that will be paid directly to the vendor at class. The vendor accepts credit/debit cards and checks for the fingerprinting services.
PRIOR TRAINING CREDIT: The student must bring proof of this prior training to the class in order to receive the credits. The eligibility requirements for receiving credit for prior training are set by statute and cannot be expanded upon by the ISP.
APPROVED TRAINING CREDITS: Any of the below certifications will qualify you to opt-out of 4 to 8 hours of the course on Day 1, which includes the Utah Class, so if you want to get the Utah permit you cannot use any 4-hour training credit. For 8-hour training credit, if you would like to get the Utah permit, then you will have to come to the first 4 hours of Saturday’s class, but then can use the remaining training credit against the second part of Saturday’s class.
APPROVED 4 HOURS CREDIT: Illinois Hunter Safety Course, Chicago Firearms Safety Course, Utah Concealed Permit Course, Florida Concealed Permit Course, Nevada Concealed Permit Course, Missouri Concealed Permit Course, Kentucky Concealed Permit Course, Michigan Concealed Permit Course.
APPROVED 8 HOURS CREDIT:
NRA TRAINING: NRA Basic Pistol Course, NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Course, NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Course.
MILITARY: Active, retired, and honorably discharged members of the United States Armed Forces. Current military personnel will need to provide documentation identifying the holder as an active member of the US Armed Forces (CAC or DD Form 2 ID cards in green, blue, or red, for instance). Veterans will need to provide a copy of their DD-214 or NGB 22.
LAW ENFORCEMENT: Prior Law Enforcement / Corrections Officer Firearms Training as detailed in 430ILCS 66/75(J)
**AS OF FEB 2017 ONLY RESIDENTS OF ILLINOIS, VIRGINIA, TEXAS, MISSISSIPPI, AND ARKANSAS MEET THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR AND AS SUCH ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE IL CCL CLASS TRAINING. THE PREVIOUS LIST IN PLACE SINCE 2014 OF HAWAII, SOUTH CAROLINA, NEW MEXICO, AND VIRGINIA IS NO LONGER VALID, WITH ONLY VIRGINIA REMAINING.**
You do not need a FOID card in order to take this course. But you will need a FOID card to apply for your IL CCL permit. The instructor will share details regarding this topic during class.
1. Where can I carry after I receive my permit(s)?
NOTE: Where a state’s permit is honored (often called “reciprocity”) will change from time to time. Having multiple state carry permits can help cover the gaps in any potential changes. As such, we always suggest checking the Legal Heat App or our Legal Heat “50 State Guide to Firearm Laws and Regulations” book before you travel, to ensure your permit is valid in the locations you will be visiting.
Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP)
Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License (CWFL)
Illinois Concealed Handgun License (CHL)
2. What should I know about the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP)?
Utah Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP) Fee:
State application fees of $63.25 (non-resident), $53.25 (resident) for the first 5 years is the initial application fee and $25.75 every 5 years after to renew. Utah permits can be applied for by mail. These forms are provided for you during class and your instructor will assist you in completing them. Application fees are paid directly to the state at the time the application is submitted and are not included in the class fee.
Utah Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP) Renewal Fee:
To renew online, please go to https://secure.utah.gov/concealed-firearms. To renew over the internet the total cost is $20.75 for Utah residents or $25.75 for out-of-state permit holders. There is a $0.75 convenience fee to renew over the internet.
3. What should I know about the Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP)?
Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) Fees:
State application fees of $60 (for the first 5 years) and the renewal fee of $43 (every 5 years after) for Arizona residents and non-residents are paid directly to the state at the time the application is submitted and are not included in the class fee. Arizona permits can be applied for by mail. These forms are provided for you during class and your instructor will assist you in completing them.
4. What can I expect to learn during this class?
Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are not just highly experienced, but genuinely friendly and enjoy teaching everyone from new to seasoned shooters. They are among the best in the industry. Whether you’ve never touched a gun, or you’ve been shooting most of your life, you will enjoy this fun, non-intimidating, truly engaging class.
Here are some of the topics we cover:
- Firearm safety
- Parts and operation
- Shooting fundamentals
- Care and storage (guns and ammo)
- Maintenance & cleaning
- Range rules
- Vehicle transport (local and interstate)
- Airplane transport
- Purchase and transfer
- Police encounters
- Duty to inform
- Open carry vs. concealed carry
- Concealed carry techniques
- Perceived threat reaction
- Avoiding confrontation (situational awareness)
- Escalation of force
- Deadly force
- State and Federal law
- Castle doctrine (defense of habitation)
- Stand your ground vs. duty to retreat
- Imminence and reasonableness
- Physical, emotional, legal and financial ramifications
- Suicide Prevention
- And more
5. What should I bring with me to class?
Students MUST bring the following items to the class:
✓ Your valid photo ID
✓ Your printed email ticket
✓ Pen and Paper if you’d like to take notes
✓ Please bring bottled water to keep hydrated
DO NOT bring firearms or ammunition into the classroom
6. Will fingerprinting services and a passport photo be offered during class?
Fingerprinting services are available during most classes for a nominal fee of $10 per card. When applying for your home state permit your local issuing agency may want to fingerprint you. Your instructor will provide full details during class.
Arizona’s permit requires TWO fingerprint cards to accompany your application.
Utah’s permit requires ONE fingerprint card to accompany your application.
In classes where we teach the Utah permit, we will take your picture and print out a free passport size photo for you to submit with your Utah application.
Arizona does not require a photo with the application.
7. Who is Legal Heat?
Legal Heat’s instructors’ collective resume’s include legal experience as attorneys and prosecutors, multiple law enforcement agencies, (FBI, SWAT, DEA) all branches of the US military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines & Coast Guard including service in Special Forces), executive protection, bail bond recovery agents and nationally competitive shooters in USPSA, IDPA, 3-Gun, NRA and other competitions. All of our instructors share or collective passion for teaching and bringing new people into the family of responsible firearms owners.
Legal Heat holds concealed carry classes and firearms training classes in 150+ locations in over 35+ states in partnership with great retailers like Sportsman’s Warehouse, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, North 40, CAL Ranch, Scheel’s, and others.
In 2019, in response to consumer demand, Legal Heat began offering online training in addition to our industry-leading instructor-led training.
Legal Heat also produces the “50 State Guide to Firearm Laws and Regulations” book and App. It is the only App featuring comprehensive carry law summaries written by attorneys.
The App is recommended by:
- U.S. Concealed Carry Association
- Massad Ayoob
- ITS Tactical
- and over 300,000 users with great reviews.
The App provides:
- The most current law updates in the industry
- Concealed carry laws
- Open carry laws
- Easy navigation
- Reciprocity maps
- Firearm transport laws
- Video illustrations
This App (or softcover book) is a must-have for every firearm owner in the United States. You may find the App in the App Store and Google Play. The book can be found on our website, under the Products tab.
8. What are people saying about this class?
“Just wanted to thank you for the great women’s class last night at the Midvale Sportsman’s store. It was very informative. I feel like I really learned a lot.Thanks again,” Dawna F.
“Today we completed a concealed carry course with instructor Paul M, in Albuquerque, NM. We wanted to take just a few minutes to let you know how pleased we were with our experience! It was well worth the money! Paul is a gifted instructor. We left the class with much more knowledge about gun safety AND the law, which is exactly what we were hoping for in such a course. We enjoyed that Paul appropriately used humor and gave real-world examples to help us retain the information. He is clearly skilled with firearms and we felt very confident in his abilities on the range. What you offer through your course, and through talented instructors like Paul, is a true benefit to our society. Thank you for helping us be better prepared to protect our family. Sincerely,” Daniel and Shirley C.
“I recently attended a Concealed Carry Permit class in Altoona, Pa. …I felt the need to commend both the instructor Jacquline and Legal Heat on an excellent class. I have and will continue to recommend the class to other people in my area. Good job to all of you.” David M.
“Thank you for creating and keeping the App up to date. Having spent the last three years full-time on the road circumnavigating the US twice, I have depended on LegalHeat to keep me appraised of each State’s unique and changing firearm restrictions. Please keep up the excellent work!” Archie R.
9. **What do I bring to the Illinois RANGE?
First, your gun should be completely unloaded and in a secure gun case. Magazines unloaded as well. Your gun and ammunition must be securely locked in your vehicle or otherwise secured during any classroom portion of the day(s). The only time guns are to be loaded is at the firing line of the gun range, after your instructor has directed you to load. All other times they are to be completely unloaded.
Items to bring to the range include:
(Only those with a FOID card may bring their own firearms. If you do not have a FOID card, you may rent a firearm from the range under the supervision of the instructor.)
- A fully functioning UNLOADED, CASED semiautomatic pistol or revolver. No antiques.
- No steel cased, armor piercing or tracer ammo permitted.
- Please bring a minimum of 50 rounds
- Ear and eye protection.
- An auto-loader or speed-loader if preferred, but note: you must show your instructor you can successfully manually load and unload your firearm as part of the range requirement.
- Comfortable (range of motion) clothes. No V-necks or low-cut shirts.
- Flat-soled shoes with good traction and support that completely enclose your feet. No flip-flops, sandals or open footwear.
- Snacks and drinks are permitted but will not be allowed at the firing line.
During the range portion, hands-on firearm instruction is provided. Basic marksmanship is taught to the skill level of the student: stance, grip, sight alignment, breath control, trigger control and follow-through are highlighted as fundamentals to your accuracy. Live-fire qualification is required with a minimum of 30 rounds. This will consist of 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards; 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards, and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the Illinois State Police.
The range fee for this class is included in your course fee.
Please show up PROMPTLY for class. Please keep in mind some of our classes start at the same time the store opens, so please check the store hours and ensure you are seated in the class at start time. Our instructors are required by law to cover a certain amount of material. If you are not present for the entire class, you will not be qualified for the permit(s). If you show up late, you may be turned away and asked to reschedule. Our instructors cannot risk their accreditations by certifying those who are not in attendance for the entire class, or people who are absent from any significant portion of the class. You may reschedule your paid class once for free, and then for $15.00 per additional reschedule within a year of purchase. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you for a great class!
There are no compromises on safety. Safety is a critical aspect of all classes and unsafe or disruptive behavior in class or on the range will result in dismissal. In the event you are dismissed due to a safety issue, you will not be refunded. The instructor has sole discretion in determining if you have engaged in unsafe or disruptive behavior.
Class fees are nonrefundable. Classes rescheduled due to acts of God, including extreme weather or store closures outside of Legal Heat's control will be rescheduled in place of a refund. Changes in class location or class schedule will be communicated by the email address and phone number you provide. All content is subject to change without notice.
All future class dates are tentative based upon Corona Virus restrictions. By purchasing a ticket you agree that all in-person class fees are 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. You accept that if your class has to be rescheduled due to Corona Virus directives from any governmental entity, venue partner or for ANY other reason, your only recourse is to reschedule the class for a future date.
In the interest of everyone's health and safety, we are asking students who do not feel well on the day of class to reschedule their class for a future date at no charge. If you have health concerns about attending a class, we are happy to reschedule your class for a future class date at no charge. If you need to reschedule your course, please email your original receipt to [email protected], along with the date of the future class you would like to attend.
If you have any underlying medical conditions as identified by the CDC please follow the CDC guidance and do not attend any large gathering including our classes. Here is the CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html
Rescheduling of Future Classes:
Unless we notify you otherwise classes will continue as scheduled. Legal Heat will comply with CDC directives and any governmental orders, and if classes are rescheduled because of these directives and orders, you will be notified. We will make the best effort attempts to hold all classes as scheduled. However, all class registrants assume the full risk if the course needs to be rescheduled to a future date due to Corona Virus / COVID 19 directives from either government or our retail partners.