INA, Ill. (June 16, 2014) – Start your summer by taking one of Rend Lake College’s Concealed Carry courses. Seats are filling up fast for the four summer sessions, scheduled for June 21-22, July 19-20, Aug. 16-17, and Sept. 27-28.
The sessions last from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. both days at RLC. On the first day, attendees will learn about topics in firearm safety, principles of marksmanship, loading and unloading, and safety and cleaning in a classroom setting. Firearms are not allowed during day one of the training course. For the second day of class, participants will learn about weapon handling and state and federal laws.
To qualify for licensure, attendees will participate in a live fire qualification of 30 rounds at five, seven, and 10 yards, and must achieve 70 percent accuracy. A qualifying shot consists of a shot placed inside the seven ring of a B-27 target. Attendees should bring their firearm to Sunday’s class with two boxes of unopened factory ammunition to be inspected by course instructors. You must be at least 21 years old to qualify.
Also required for licensure is a valid FOID card and driver’s license. The cost of the two-day course is $150 for Illinois residents and $200 for out-of-state attendees. Fingerprinting will be available on Saturday of each course meeting. It costs an additional $50 in cash or $52 with a credit or debit card.
Meet our Instructors
Together, the three RLC Concealed Carry instructors hold over 40 years of firearms instructor training and experience, providing locals with one of the most-qualified courses in the area.
RLC Associate Professor Ron Meek came to RLC as a full-time instructor in 2010 with 27 years of experience in the criminal justice field under his belt. Previously, he worked as the Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) overseeing seven prisons, Supervisor of IDOC Special Operations Response Team, Warden of Vandalia Correctional Center, IDOC Liaison to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and Sheriff of Effingham County, among many other positions.
Meek has covered many different aspects of law enforcement, working as an administrator, a patrolman, a DARE officer, a correctional officer, and a telecommunicator. He is both a State of Illinois Registered Firearms Instructor and an Illinois State Police Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor.
Joining Meek is Jeff Bullard, the current Detective Captain for the Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD) and Assistant Team Commander of the High Risk Team. Bullard is certified through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. He has 12 years of experience as a firearms instructor and 14 years of experience as a High Risk Team member.
The third RLC instructor is John Prudent, Captain of the West Frankfort Police Department. He has been working in law enforcement for 17 years, 12 of which he has served as a firearms instructor. Prior to his service in West Frankfort, Prudent spent five years on the MVPD High Risk Team and completed SWAT training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He is also certified as a Field Training Officer and Lean Homicide Investigator through the State of Illinois.