"WE TEACH RESPONSIBLE PISTOL OWNERSHIP, MARKSMANSHIP, AND SAFETY"
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I go to GPA for these courses?
What makes us different from all the other schools in the entire mid-west are the following:
How old do you have to be to enroll in classes?
Students enrolling in all classes provided by GPA must be 18.
Will I get to shoot a gun?
After completing Phase 1, Basic Pistol Training course, there will be range training with live pistols and ammunition.
Can I bring my gun to class?
No, student guns and ammo are NOT permitted in classroom.
Can I bring my own gun to the range?
Yes! Bringing your own pistol to range training is encouraged but not necessary.
(There is a $20 fee for using GPA pistols and ammunition)
Will I get my Concealed Carry Permit?
Yes! You will be eligible to apply only after you have successfully completed 16 hours of training as required by Illinois State law. (GPA Phase 1 and Phase 2 satisfy this requirement)
Assistance on Illinois Concealed Carry Application is provided if needed.
Note: Other state requirements may vary. Please see "State Requirements" on the "Resources" Page
What classes do you offer?
*Pre-registration for all courses is required*
For more information about the courses GPA offers, visit the "Courses" Page
Where is the classroom?
Inside Bass Pro Shop Gurnee, Illinois in the Hunting Department, 3rd Floor. Right above the shooting range.
How much does it cost?
Depending on the course, prices vary.
Please, visit the "Courses" Page for complete details.
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Depending on the course.
What do I need to bring to class?
Notepad, pen, highlighter, beverage, snacks and a lunch. (Mall Cafeteria is also available)
When are the courses?
Classes are scheduled in advance and are posted on the GPA Calendar.
To see the calendar, visit "Schedule" page
How long are the courses?
Depending on the course, between 4 and 8 hours.
For more information, visit the "Courses" page
Am I required to submit fingerprints with my application?
No. If you choose to submit your application without electronic fingerprints, your application may require additional research and may take an additional 30 days.
How long does it take to receive my Illinois Concealed Carry License?
The Illinois State Police do a great job in beating every deadline given to them. You should receive your license well within 90 days if you have paid for and submitted electronic fingerprints, or less than 120 days without submitting electronic fingerprints.