Considering what most of us spend on trivial items over the course of a month or two that easily adds up to the amount for the class and license, I would say yes, it is certainly is worth it.
However, I personally would never carry a firearm unless I was very proficient with it and was willing and able to train often. Perhaps you could wait another 6-12 months while honing your skills and putting aside the dough for the fees?
Unless you don’t want to have a gun available to you at all; I would get one.
It appears to me carrying past a proper sign is a class B misdemeanor with $150 for the first offense, and a class A for those after. Pay attention to what you are doing. At the very least it allows you to have a gun in your car.
I’ve not been to a class in Illinois, but I would guess they are like most, and focus on the carry laws and the use of deadly force, while not spending much time on shooting, other than a simple test.
On a different note, I spend a lot of time in Illinois. My state of Tennessee recognizes an Illinois carry permit. But Illinois doesn’t recognize ours, or any other state, but 14 states recognize theirs.
My carry permit allows me to have a loaded handgun in my car while in Illinois, but not carry.
Go get your permit. Take a training class on shooting or get with some friends that can help you out.
Yes, it would be worth it if you had to save your life or the lives of your family. Then I would work on moving out of Illinois. There are plenty of freedom-loving states out there. I left for Texas years ago and never looked back. Good luck
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