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Website opened for Concealed Carry License

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 5:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 5:57 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Illinois State Police (ISP) has launched a website to provide the public with information regarding the Concealed Carry application process.

However, applications cannot be posted until Jan. 5.

On Thursday, ISP director Hiram Grau said the Concealed Carry License (CCL) website is being launched in advance of the Jan. 5 application posting date to give citizens the additional information needed to help them with eligibility requirements, application fees, training requirements, official forms, information for firearms instructors. The website also provides a Frequently Asked Questions section and information on how to access and obtain an Illinois Digital Identification photo and electronic fingerprinting prior to Jan. 5, Grau said.

Bureau County has six approved concealed carry instructors, including Princeton Police Chief Tom Root of Princeton, Sherman Brumley, Mark Credi, Rebecca Nielsen and Kemp Smith, all of Spring Valley, and Agraciado Irizarry of LaMoille.

On Monday, Root said he and his partner, Jim Fatz, an approved instructor from Lee County, have opened their business, CyberTech Security, in the Opportunity Knocks building at 21 Park Ave. West in Princeton. This weekend, the partners will have their fourth class. The 16-hour course is mostly classroom, but does include a 30-round range course. Veterans need only an eight-hour course.

Root said each class holds up to 30 persons at a time and his classes have been basically full each time. There are men and women, ranging in age from 30 to 70, in the classes, he said.

More information on Root’s instruction course is available through their website, www.Learn2BeSafe.com.

Though the actual applications for the concealed carry license can’t yet be downloaded on the ISP website, people can get their training completed, as well as other requirements like fingerprinting and digital photos, Root said. The new ISP website is user-friendly, he said.

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