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Rend Lake College to hold Concealed Carry Firearms Training

INA, IL (KFVS) - Rend Lake College will be holding Concealed Carry Firearms Training sessions and three different handgun training sessions during the summer and fall 2015 semesters. 

In order to obtain the Illinois Concealed Carry license, students must complete a required 16 hours of training. 

To complete the required hours, students will meet from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays and Sundays: June 20-21, July 18-19, August 29-30, September 26-27, October 24-25, November 21-22 and December 5-6. 

Classes will be held in room 107 of the Coal Mine Training Center (CMTC) and on the RLC Shooting Range in Ina. 

On Saturdays, students will be participating in the classroom portion of training. 

During these sessions, firearm safety, marksmanship, loading and unloading a firearm, principles of marksmanship, fundamentals of firearm safety and cleaning will be taught. 

Students are asked not to bring a firearm or ammunition during the Saturday portion of training. 

During the Sunday portion of training, students will be engaging in the live fire qualification and also learn about weapon handling and State and Federal laws relating to firearms. 

In order to pass the live fire qualifications to obtain the Illinois Concealed Carry license, students will shoot 30 rounds at five, seven and 10 yard B-27 targets. 

To qualify, the shot must be placed inside the seven rings of the B-27 target with 70 percent accuracy. 

During Sunday training, students should bring a handgun and two boxes of ammunition to be inspected by course instructors prior to use.

In order to participate, students must be over the age of 21 with a valid FOID card and driver's license. 

The training courses cost $150 for Illinois residents and $200 for out-of-state residents. 

Students who already have a firearm license, RLC is offering three handgun training courses to increase knowledge on self-defense, home defense, safe weapon handling and improved existing firearm skills. 

The Basic Handgun Training course will meet 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on July 11, Aug 15 and Sept. 12 in room 107A in the CMTC, on the Ina campus. 

After completing the Basics course, participants can move onto the Advanced Handgun Training class which meets 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 in room 107A in the CMTC.

Following the Advanced course, participants may take the Low Light Engagement Handgun Training class which will meet 2 p.m. through 10 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 10 in room 107A in the CMTC. 

These training courses must be taken in order and once passed can be taken as often as a student wishes. 

Participants should bring eye and ear protection, a handgun and 150 rounds of ammunition and a valid FOID card. 

The three handgun training courses are $50 per student per course and students must be at least 18 years old. 

For more information or to register, contact RLC's Community and Corporate Education Department at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714 or 1380.

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