Kenneth Higginbotham

Concealed Carry Class


Details and Requirements for this class:


You are about to begin the process of assuming responsibility for providing for your own self protection and for that of your loved ones. Short of having children, in my opinion, this is the most serious and gravest responsibility you will ever assume. I want you to have fun and learn a few things along the way, but never forget that carrying and using firearms is a deadly serious business, regardless of the purpose.

Having fun and learning does not outweigh the primary goal. By far, the overriding factor we will follow during this course of instruction will be SAFETY. You will be provided a block of instruction on firearm safety at the beginning of this course. I want you to constantly think of these safety rules throughout the course. I want all of you to complete the course in the same physical condition you started it. Same goes for me and my physical condition !! Making a mistake or not paying 100% attention concerning firearm safety, can cause someone to die. Never let your mind wander when it comes to firearms and safety.

The State of Illinois has dictated the topics to be covered during this course. Some of you may feel that you already know the topics that will be discussed, and wonder why you have to go through it. You may even have different opinions on the topics being discussed. If so, please re-read the first sentence of this paragraph. I do not have any say in what the State wants presented, but I will present it to you as the State of Illinois has dictated. You will receive instruction in the following areas; Firearm Safety, Basic Marksmanship, Cleaning, Loading and Unloading your firearm, State and Federal Laws and Weapon Handling. Regardless of your level of knowledge, please come into the class with an open mind. There are a lot of ways to do the same thing and we will discuss those things. You may have additional knowledge which could help me or others. Lets just present it in the right way.

Before attending the class, you need to access the Illinois State Police Web Site at and read a few different documents. You could alternatively read these at the public library.

430 ILCS 66 – Firearms Concealed Carry Act, 430 ILCS 65 – FOID Act, 720 ILCS 5/7-1 Use of Force in Defense of a Person, 720 ILCS 5/7-2 Use of Force in Defense of a Dwelling, 720 ILCS 5/7-3 Use of Force in Defense of a Other Property, and 720 ILCS 24/1 Unlawful Use of Weapons. Read and remember these Illinois Laws. These are what you are expected to know prior to carrying a firearm. Having the knowledge given in these laws are what will keep you out of prison, or put you in one. They are pretty important. I am not an Attorney. I don’t claim to have any legal knowledge beyond reading those same documents. Nothing I say in this class, will keep you out of prison if you break one of these laws. We will go over them during the class, but you need to read them and understand them. I don’t want “Good Guys” going to prison. Specific Legal questions should be addressed to a Criminal Defense Attorney or your local States Attorney.

The State of Illinois has dictated that a person must receive 16 hours of training, to include passing a live fire qualification course. The State has dictated that those individuals who have met certain prior training requirements, may waive the first 8 hours of this course. In order to waive the first 8 hours, you must present to me a copy of the certificate or other proof of completion for one or more of the following:

Illinois Hunter Safety Course …………………………… 4 hours

Utah Concealed Carry……………………………………… 4 hours

Florida Concealed Carry………………………………….. 4 hours

Nevada Concealed Carry ………………………………… 4 hours

Michigan Concealed Carry ………………………………. 4 hours

Chicago Firearms Safety Course ………………………. 4 hours

Missouri Concealed Carry ……………………………….. 4 hours

Kentucky Concealed Carry ………………………………. 4 hours

NRA Personal Protection in the Home…………….. 8 hours

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home……. 8 hours

NRA Basic Pistol ………………………………………………. 8 hours

Active, Retired or Honorably Discharged member of the US Armed Forces…………….. 8 hours

Previously qualified law enforcement officer (430 ILCS 66/75 (j))………………………….. 8 hours

Equipment Needed:

With that being said, I would like to let you know of the equipment you will need to have for the course. Keep in mind, 12-14 hours of this course is to be held in a classroom type setting. Basically we will just be talking during the majority of the course. Only a small portion of the day will be spent doing the fun stuff of shooting guns. Dress comfortably for what we are doing. Bring something for lunch. We will be taking a 30 minute break so you can eat. It will not bother me if you bring something to snack on or drink, as well. Just please be mindful of others in the class. We will leave the area cleaner than we found it, so take all of your trash with you at the end of the day.

Here goes:

Do not come to class if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It will not be tolerated and you will be leaving immediately.

Leave your “Ego” at home. There is no place for it once you begin carrying a firearm. It will do nothing but get you in trouble. If you have a “temper”, get rid of it. You are about to become an incredibly humble person who simply cannot be insulted or angered in any way. If you cannot do these things, put the firearm in the safe and leave it there.

I will require your complete attention during the class.

Bring your VALID FOID Card, if you have one. I will need to see it and record some information from it. It is not required to have a FOID before class. You will have to get one at the same time you apply for your CCL. Note, if you are not legally able to obtain a FOID card, you will not be able to get a CCL either.

You may want to have pen and paper for notes. There is no written test, but you never know what you might want to write down for future reference.

A concealable firearm in a case. In order for you to legally transport a firearm, it must be cased. Bring it both days.

You will need a belt holster. We will not allow ankle, shoulder, handbag, or cross draw holsters for safety purposes. You will NOT be drawing your handgun during the course of fire.

2 magazines or 2 speed loaders if available. Do not go buy any for this class. Bring them if you have them.

Hearing protection and eye protection for both days.

Cleaning equipment for your firearm if you have it. Be comfortable with cleaning your firearm and with “field stripping” the firearm. If you don’t know how, please bring your owners manual for the firearm. I don’t know how to take all of them apart, so we might need to look at the manual.

Snap Caps (inert training rounds) for your firearm if you have them. Do not go buy any for this class.

30 rounds of ammunition for your chosen carry firearm. 30 rounds is the minimum to complete the course. I will try to provide the opportunity to practice before you shoot the qualification course, if you would like. Bring enough ammunition for this practice. Do not bring live ammunition into the classroom. Practice with live fire will be dependent on the amount of time we have available after all required information has been disseminated. You are not required to participate in the additional live fire familiarization as part of the qualification course.

You will have to shoot a course of live fire and achieve a passing score of 21 out of 30 shots into a B-27 target. I will provide these. This is required by the State of Illinois. This should not be any trouble, even for a new shooter. You will be shooting 10 rounds each from the 5 yard line, 7 yard line and 10 yard line. I don’t expect any of you to have a problem passing.

I am looking forward to spending some time with you discussing firearms. It has been a great passion of mine for many years. I have found that I enjoy the “teaching” part, even more than the shooting part these days. I hope to be able to provide you with some useful information and I hope you become one of the “Good Guys with a Gun”.


Kenneth Higginbotham


Pre-Registration Required:

Class size will be limited. Cost is $150.00 per person for the 16 hour class or $80.00 for the 8 hour class. Attendees must be pre-registered. You can register by completing the Registration Form and sending it Via mail or by dropping it off to me at Accuracy Firearms.