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RLC to offer Illinois Concealed Carry, Safety classes this spring

Learn everything from safety to state and federal law this spring during Rend Lake College’s Concealed Carry training program or Safety at Home and in Public class, both offered by the Community & Corporate Education Division.

RLC’s two-day Illinois Concealed Carry program readies participants to apply for their permit. 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.

Available courses are set for the following dates: Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5; Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 for women only; Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21; and Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5.

Friday and Saturday classes will be held from 4 – 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Classes held on Saturday and Sundays will meet from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. both days. 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.

Instead of, or in addition to, the Concealed Carry program, consider enrolling in RLC’s Increase Your Safety at Home and in Publicworkshop. This class will teach participants about the commonly made errors individuals make at their home and in public that decreases their safety. By the end of the session, instructor Scott Peeples will also cover individuals’ rights in the use of force for both home and community protection.

Class costs $17 and meets from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 in the Academic Building, Room 202, on the Ina campus.

To learn more about these workshops, or any others this spring, call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Pre-registration may be done in person, via phone call, or by emailing [email protected].