RETIREE CARRY CONCEALED WEAPON PER U.S. SB-218
Any Illinois retiree that is interested in participating in the Concealed Carry Weapon Program can go to the “Links” section on our website and click onto IROCC.org which is in the Retiree Group. All of the necessary paper work is available through this site. After you qualify you are sent a laminated photo identification card, which can be verified 24/7.
Please note that the Pension Board no longer approves Form #3 The Retirement/Separation Verification Form. This form must be sent to the Chicago Police Department HR Division. The turnaround is 10 to 14 days.
Chicago Police Department
Human Resources Division Rm. #123
Attn: Jermaine Hooks
3510 S. Michigan
Chicago, Ill. 60653-1020
Please note, in Illinois you can qualify with any semi-automatic pistol or revolver as long as it is a .32 caliber or larger up to and including a .45 caliber.
You will need to bring eye protection. Impact resistant glasses are fine but you will need side protection. A pair of plastic goggles from a hardware store work great over your glasses. Ear protection is also required. The range has a limited number of both for your use.
Please note that the Illinois Concealed Carry for Citizens is very restrictive and if you apply for that permit rather than the IROCC card you must abide by those rules. IROCC is good anywhere in the U.S., the Illinois C. C. is only good in Illinois. Several establishments post a “firearms forbidden” sign on their front doors. Illinois Concealed Carry must abide by the sign. IROCC carriers legally do not have to abide by it, however IROCC personnel suggest you respect it. Remember the important word is CONCEALED!
When you send in your applications to IROCC in Springfield Illinois, they will return to you a list of ranges in the Illinois area. When you find a range to your liking you contact IROCC to make an appointment. You can Google directions to the range or call the specific range and ask for directions. The staff at the ranges call for strict discipline on the firing line, but they are all very helpful.
If you plan on carrying your weapon while traveling on commercial airlines, you must transport the weapon in your checked luggage. The weapon must be unloaded and locked inside a secure case. You must also make prior arrangements with the airline you are traveling on. SB-218 requires you to qualify in the state of your Permanent residence!
IROCC West Range
Those retirees interested in qualifying for IROCC, now have a range on the west side where they can qualify. The facility is the Article II Gun Range, located at 250 Cortland, in Lombard. No, do not call them, as appointments must be made through IROCC. If you have any questions you can call Retired Sgt. Joe Maraffino at 773-294-9617
IROCC North Range
There is also a range for those retirees living on the north side to qualify at. It’s the Lake County Sheriff’s Range which is located just off I-94 just short of the Wisconsin border at mile post #1 Russell Road. You go east about a ¼ mile, and then north about a ¼ mile. However they only do qualifications ONCE A MONTH. Good Luck!!