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I'm on the northside in the city, best place to take this course?

I've yet to apply for the FOID card, which will be done within the next 2-3 days, which I know will take 30ish days to get

And then have to take the course since I'm in Chicago

From the way its been worded, I only need the course if I plan on owning a firearm in the near future, but if I plan on just renting/borrowing for practice at a range, all I need is my FOID card?

I'm alot newer than to this than you think, but doesn't hurt to verify with others who have more experience

Personal preference for nearby gun shops/ranges to browse/rent/shoot?
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Be advised that FOID applications are overwhelmed & backed up, due to recent events. Expect anywhere from 6-9 weeks to receive yours.

You need a FOID to not only own or purchase, but to possess & transport. That means that if you want to peruse firearms at a store, you'll need an FOID to handle (i.e. possess) one in the showroom. Additionally, with an FOID, you may purchase ammunition and rent firearms, to use on a range.

Without a FOID, you'll have to accompany someone who does have an FOID, to use a range.

Many people here are fans of either Maxon's or GAT Guns. Note that Maxon's is an old school hole BUT they are in the process of building a massive, brand new range & store right now.
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Why wait to apply for a FOID. Just do it now. You can download the form from the IL State Police website and mail it in yourself. If you have a gun shop do it for you then it'll cost more.

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Be advised that FOID applications are overwhelmed & backed up, due to recent events. Expect anywhere from 6-9 weeks to receive yours.

You need a FOID to not only own or purchase, but to possess & transport. That means that if you want to peruse firearms at a store, you'll need an FOID to handle (i.e. possess) one in the showroom. Additionally, with an FOID, you may purchase ammunition and rent firearms, to use on a range.

Without a FOID, you'll have to accompany someone who does have an FOID, to use a range.

Many people here are fans of either Maxon's or GAT Guns. Note that Maxon's is an old school hole BUT they are in the process of building a massive, brand new range & store right now.
Awesome, thanks for the info. So looks like the FOID will do for renting, etc except having a firearm at home in Chicago.

Yea I know its probably gonna take much longer than 30 days, but its no rush really so I guess it doesn't matter, not like I have a choice.

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Why wait to apply for a FOID. Just do it now. You can download the form from the IL State Police website and mail it in yourself. If you have a gun shop do it for you then it'll cost more.
No idea man, part of it is because I've been busy lately and keep forgetting at night when I have a chance. Its only $10 and can be done online, will do it today.

More importantly, where is the best place to take teh Chicago Firearm Permit class? Of course google gives me quite a few results, and I know its just a basic class, but doesn't hurt to have recommendations.
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Why wait to apply for a FOID. Just do it now. You can download the form from the IL State Police website and mail it in yourself. If you have a gun shop do it for you then it'll cost more.
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you just need a passport photo from walgreens or print it out yourself. dont spend too much time on it, they will likely toss it and use your license photo on file.

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Yup, already printed it out, couldn't find a photo earlier today even though I had a few laying around from renewing my passport, but walgreens is pretty close, chances are I'll send it out today

I do know they're backed up, but its not really a rush

Any recommendations for where can I take the CFP course? GAT has it so chances are I'll probably go there once I get my card in 6-8 weeks, but it is a hike

Anywhere closer to Chicago? eventhough I know I'll probably have to drive for the range portion of it
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Anywhere closer to Chicago? eventhough I know I'll probably have to drive for the range portion of it
http://www.maxonshooters.com/fireTrain.html

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NRA Basic Safety Course or Chicago Firearm Permit course:

If you are interested in a NRA Basic Handgun Safety Course and/or a Chicago Firearm Permit Course, please contact us directly at 847-298-GUNS so we may put you in touch with an Instructor that is closest to your area that provides this type of course for you. We will be holding the range qualification portion of these courses at our range, however, due to the limited space & scheduling availability at our current location, the classroom portion is conducted with the Instructor. At our new location, all classroom & range portions will be conducted on-site.
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Awesome man, I read the first paragraph where ti said the Basic NRA course doesn't qualify and I started browsing other parts of their site, not sure why I didn't scroll down

They're closer too. Sending my FOID card app today, maybe if I'm lucky I'll get it before March
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