Chicago Police Sergeants' Association
Information for Retirees
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
Chicago Gun Registration Info — Revised: 03 November 2010
If you are a retired CPD officer and you reside in Chicago you don't have to do anything until your current gun city registration expires. When it does, you must visit Gun Registration. You must bring two recent photos of yourself. You can down load the forms from the CPD website (there is a link on the left side of the site), which is www.portal.chicagopolice.org or you can fill them out at Gun Registration. You will receive what is called a "Chicago Firearm Permit". A notary is not required, and there are no fees for retired or active Chicago Police Officers who are registering duty related weapons. Long guns and non-duty related weapons will require a fee which is $15.00 per weapon. Your new permit is good for three (3) years.
When you go down to get your new Chicago Firearm Permit, Gun Registration will be able to access their records for the weapons you had previously registered. This means you will not have to again list the make and serial number of each weapon. If an active officer receives a letter from Gun Registration, call them first at 312-745-5164, because they may only need some updated information.
If your duty weapon is disabled and you obtain a replacement, the best procedure is to pay the $15.00 for that weapon, and you will then be in compliance.
One of the requirements of the gun ordinance is that the person must undergo 5 hours of firearm training. However, we have just learned from Gun Registration, that Retired Chicago Police Officers, with consideration to their previous training and qualifications, are considered have met this qualification. Anyone that is a retired law enforcement officer and possess an Illinois Retired Officers Concealed Carry (IROCC) identification card will have the training waived. Training can take place at any licensed range that is willing certify you.
The Gun Registration office has moved to 4770 South Kedzie, HOWEVER retired CPD officers should call Gun Registration (312-745-5164) to see if an appointment is available to facilitate the process. Also, it is best to pay all of your fees with a check.
IROCC North Range
We just recently learned that there is 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. This range opened in January, however they only do qualifications ONCE A MONTH. Good luck.
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. All of the necessary paper work is available throught his site. The response from the Pension Board is quick. After you qualify you are sent a laminated photo identification card, which can be verified 24/7.
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!
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.
The only range facility available close to Cook County residents is the Will County Sheriff’s Department range. This range is located on Laraway Road just east of Briggs near Joliet. It is located about 4 miles east of the Joliet NASCAR race track. The easiest way there is I-80 west and exit at Briggs south which is a left turn onto Briggs. Proceed about 10 miles south, and at Laraway there is a Gas City on the NW corner, make a left. The facility will be on your right side. When you enter the facility you drive all the way to the back. The staff there is really great, fun and has your safety in mind. DO NOT BRING A LOADED WEAPON ONTO THE FACILITY! Good luck and have fun.