ISP releases list of approved instructors for conceal-carry classes

llinois State Police have begun publishing a registry of approved concealedcarry firearms training instructors. In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of firearms.

Anyone who wants to apply for a concealed-carry license must successfully complete 16 hours of training from an instructor approved by the state. The instructor also must use state-approved training curricula.

State police said Friday they plan to begin posting the approved curricula on the agency’s website by the end of the month. The approved instructor registry also is posted online. It’s updated as additional instructors are approved.

Applications for concealed-carry licenses will be available from the state police  beginning Jan. 5, 2014.

Mike and Valinda Rowe of Enfield were approved to be instructors. They can be reached at 618-963-2788 and vrowe@mvrowe.com. They are the only stateapproved instructors in White County. Rend Lake College and SIC are also scheduling classes.