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Lake Zurich medical organization to offer concealed carry safety course

Craig Olesen director public safety for American Medical Resource Institute Lake Zurich teaches safety course Nov. 25 firing range. |

Craig Olesen, director of public safety for American Medical Resource Institute in Lake Zurich, teaches a safety course Nov. 25 at a firing range. | John Konstantaras/For Sun-Times Media

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Ill. Concealed Carry Training


• Firearm safety

• Use

• Storage

• Mindset

• Concealment methodology

• Legal issues

• Basic medical aid for gunshot wounds

• Interfacing with law enforcement

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Updated: January 7, 2014 6:27AM

In response to the state’s new concealed carry law, Lake Zurich-based American Medical Resource Institute is offering a training course to teach gun owners how to handle their weapons.

“With all the controversy surrounding the issue, our organization decided to be proactive in community health and safety by providing extremely high-quality training for the community,” said Craig Olesen, the institute’s director of public safety.

The state House voted 89-28 in July to approve a compromise gun deal that preserves local gun laws, including Chicago and Cook County’s bans on assault weapons, and keeps gun owners from carrying their loaded weapons on public trains and buses. It hands gun owners a potent new right that would end the state’s last-in-the-nation prohibition on concealed carry.

Before concealed carry applications can even be filed, American Medical Resource Institute is offering a 16-hour class titles “Illinois Concealed Carry Training Course,” to promote gun safety. The program aims to help participants convert what they learn in a controlled setting to help them make accurate and safe decisions under pressure.

Since 1984, the post-graduate medical organization has offered educational programs in advanced pharmacology, trauma anesthesia and cardiac life support. Its public safety department will offer the firearms training.

“We want to teach people how to behave properly,” Olesen said. “Our approach is more tactical.”

The curriculum puts students through dry-fire exercises with inert and laser guns followed by live-fire practice at a firing range. Students can opt to take a free CPR certification course as well.

The institute’s staff includes nationally certified firearms instructors and safety officers. Other instructors have legal expertise or experience in trauma, medicine or tactical situations.

The class will primarily be taught at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 197 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Live-fire practice will be held at a range in Crystal Lake.

American Medical Resource Institute meets all the criteria, Olesen said, but while drafting the curriculum, institute staff realized that training courses in the area made no mention of holsters or how to hold a gun in a crowded room, among other important aspects of concealed carry.

“If I put my gun in my pocket ... that’s one way to get shot,” Olesen said.

Olesen said the class also proves a mini-course on human relations because it teaches students how to properly interact with law enforcement. Students learn how to develop strategies for conflict resolution that don’t involve weapons.

Before participants pick up a gun, the course teaches students how to first identify the risk of the situation, determine how they could resolve the conflict without violence and ways to de-escalate a situation.

“It’s OK to walk away,” Olesen said.

The institute’s training course satisfies the state’s 16-hour firearms training requirement. After completing the course, the institute will issue students a certificate to be forwarded to the state police with their applications for the concealed carry license.

A four-session course starts Dec. 9 with classroom time from 5 to 10 p.m. A three-session course starts Jan. 4 with training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit or call (800) 272-9064.

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