Prosecutor: Instructors improperly gave out conceal and carry permits

From staff and wire reportsMarch 18, 2014 

— Two southwestern Illinois firearms instructors were ordered to stop teaching or face prosecution after they improperly certified students trying to get concealed carry permits, according to law enforcement officials.

Illinois State Police said Tuesday that nearly 100 students who were taught by the pair will have their training invalidated and their applications denied. The instructors won't be able to teach and the agency is forwarding its findings to the St. Clair County State's Attorney's office.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said his office has instructed the pair to cease and desist from teaching or face prosecution.

All instructors in St. Clair County are now on notice and the department is working with Illinois State Police and the Illinois State Rifle Association to ensure classes do not become a means to defraud consumers, Kelly said.

More than 2,700 firearms instructors have been certified by the state to teach gun safety classes as part of Illinois' new concealed carry law.

All applicants have to attend at least 16 hours of training before they can apply for the licenses. The first licenses were distributed earlier this month.

About 46,000 applications have been submitted. Officials expect about 300,000 applications to be filed this year.

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