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approved by the Department of State Police for renewal of a
handgun carry license or retention of the authorization and
privilege to carry a handgun under Section 20 of this Act.
(a-5) No private entity, association, or organization may
conduct or approve firearm safety training or issue Firearm
Safety Certificates to qualify a person to carry a handgun
under this Act.
(b) The Department of State Police shall develop a firearm
safety training course curriculum of 20 hours of instruction to
be taught by Department certified instructors consisting of
(1) firearm safety in the classroom, at home, on the
firing range, and while carrying the firearm;
(2) safe handling and storage of firearms;
(3) care and cleaning of firearms;
(4) criminal and civil laws and penalties related to
firearms, included areas in which carrying a handgun in the
manner provided in this Act is prohibited;
(5) laws relating to the justifiable use of force in
(6) a written examination approved by the Department.
(c) The Department of State Police shall develop a live
fire exercise and instruction of 20 hours for handguns to be
conducted on a shooting range licensed by the Department and
conducted by Department certified instructors consisting of
instruction and exercise on:
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(1) basic principles of marksmanship;
(2) a minimum of 30 rounds of live fire; and
(3) a minimum of 20 rounds live fire from a distance of
7 yards and a minimum of 10 rounds from a distance of 15
yards at target as approved by the Department.
(d) Firearm safety training students shall provide their
own safe, functional handgun, and factory-loaded ammunition.
(e) A person shall not receive a grade of "passing" on
course work or range work if the person:
(1) does not answer 70% of the written examination
(2) does not follow the orders of the certified
firearms safety instructor;
(3) in the judgment of the certified firearms safety
instructor, handles a firearm in a manner that poses a
danger to the person or to others; or
(4) during the testing portion of the range work fails
to hit the silhouette portion of the target with 70% of the
(f) The Department of State Police may charge each student
in a firearm safety training course a fee in an amount
sufficient to cover the cost of conducting the training course
and range exercise for the student and the course materials
provided to the student.
(g) A person who receives a grade of "passing" on course
and range work shall be issued a Firearm Safety Certificate by
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the Department of State Police indicating successful
completion of the training. The Firearm Safety Certificate
shall contain the calendar year in which it is issued.
(h) A person carrying a handgun under the authorization and
privilege in Section 20 of this Act shall complete the training
required for retention of the privilege after his or her
initial training under paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this
Section within 5 years of the initial training and each 5 years
thereafter. The person shall submit each Firearm Safety
Certificate obtained to the Department of State Police. The
Department of State Police shall revoke the privilege to carry
a handgun under Section 20 of this Act of any person who does
not successfully complete the firearm safety training required
by this Act.
(i) The Department shall adopt rules necessary to implement
the provisions of this Section.
Firearm instructor training and certification.
(a) The Department shall certify firearm safety
instructors for the firearm safety training course.
Qualifications for certified firearm instructors shall be set
(b) Persons who are not certified firearm safety
instructors shall not teach the firearm safety training courses
required under this Act.
(c) Persons who are not certified firearm safety
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instructors shall not advertise or otherwise represent courses
they teach as qualifying their students to meet the
requirements under this Act.
(d) An applicant for certification as a firearm safety
instructor shall be at least 21 years of age and he or she
(1) possess a high school diploma or GED certificate;
(2) consent to a background check; and
(3) meet the instructor qualification requirements
established by the Department of State Police.
(e) A firearm safety instructor certification applicant or
certified firearm safety instructor may be disqualified from
taking firearm instructor training or have his or her
instructor certification revoked, if the applicant:
(1) does not meet the requirements to carry a handgun
under this Act;
(2) provides false or misleading information on the
(3) has had a prior firearm safety instructor
certification revoked by the Department.
(f) The Department of State Police shall provide the
curriculum and range training for firearm safety instructors by
(g) The Department shall adopt rules necessary to implement
the provisions of this Section.".