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Public Act 94-103 Now Requires All Illinois Police Officers To Qualify Annually In Firearms

Public Act 94-103, effective July 1, 2005, made changes to the Peace Officer Firearms Training Act and now requires "Annual Firearms Certification" for all peace officers. In pertinent part, the Act (50 ILCS, 710) states:

(New) Sec. 2.5 Annual Range Qualification
The annual range qualification shall consist of range fire approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Sec. 1 defines "peace officer" as any person who by virtue of his office or public employment is vested by law with the primary duty to maintain public order or to make arrests for offenses, whether that duty extends to all offenses, or is limited to specific offenses...

While the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is mandated to approve the minimum standards annual range qualification, it is the mandate and responsibility of each local law enforcement agency to ensure compliance. The Board, at its meeting on September 8, 2005, adopted a State mandated course of fire for annual range qualification consisting of 30 rounds of fire, to be administered according to specifications and requirements outlined in the attachment.

The Board is currently preparing a special Agency Compliance Firearms Roster that will be provided to every department in the near future, so the department may document their agency and officers' compliance with the new provisions of the Act. The Agency Compliance Firearms Roster will be submitted to the Board office by the chief law enforcement administrator, once per year, after all officers have complied. The deadline for compliance will be June 30 of each year, with the first year compliance report due on or before June 30, 2006 and then on or before June 30 of each year thereafter.

The Board will provide agencies with detailed reporting procedures in the near future. However, in the interim, it is imperative that every agency begin steps to implement the required range qualifications as soon as possible in order to comply with Public Act 94-103.

Please note that the range qualifications detailed in the attachment are the State's minimum standards. If an agency wishes to impose firearms qualification standards that exceed the State minimum standards, that is their prerogative.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact the Board office. Public Act 94-103 also pertains to Concealed Carry for Retired Law Enforcement Officers. The complete Act can be viewed on the IROCC site.

Click here to access the attachment and review the State Mandated Minimum Course of Fire for Annual Firearms Qualification of Police Officers.

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