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RLC Concealed Carry courses set for May 20-21 and August 4-5

Only two Illinois Concealed Carry courses remain this summer at Rend Lake College. A Saturday-Sunday course is set for May 20-21 and a Friday-Saturday session is scheduled for August 4-5.

Later this month, participants will prepare to apply for their permit from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. On day one, the firearms safety and marksmanship classroom portion of the course will focus on safety, principles of marksmanship, loading and unloading, cleaning, and state and federal laws relating to firearms and force. Firearms and ammunition are not to be brought to this class.

The second day will include interacting with law enforcement, recognizing risk factors and situational awareness, identifying threats, and learning about range rules and procedures. The live fire practice and qualification will also occur on the RLC Shooting Range. Students should bring their firearm with 100 rounds of unopened ammunition to be inspected by course instructors.

To qualify, students must complete 30 rounds at 5, 7, and 10 yards with at least 70 percent accuracy. A qualifying shot consists of a shot placed inside the 7 ring of a B-27 target.

In August, participants will meet from 4 – 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday. All classes will meet instructors Ron Meek and Jeff Bullard in the Coal Mine Training Center, Room 107A, on the Ina campus.

Participants who complete RLC’s Concealed Carry training course are eligible to apply for Illinois and Florida Concealed Weapons licenses. A valid FOID card and a driver’s license must be brought to class. Students must attend the entire 16 hours of training, no exemptions will be given. Participants must be at least 21 years old. The cost of the training is $150 for in-state residents and $250 for out-of-state residents.

To learn more about these courses, call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Pre-registration may be done in person, via phone call, or by