Mary Shepard #1 In IL to be Qualified for Concealed Carry License

Valinda Rowe and Mary Shepard
Mary Shepard, successful plaintiff in Shepard vs Madigan, received one of the very first concealed carry training certificates in the state…

Illinois –-( Valinda Rowe of presents (above) Mary Shepard, successful plaintiff in Shepard vs Madigan, with one of the very first concealed carry training certificates in the state.

In a well deserved turn of events, Anna, IL resident and Second Amendment plaintiff Mary Shepard has already met her training requirements to receive a Firearm Concealed Carry License in the state of IL. Mary was given instruction by newly certified instructors and IllinoisCarry directors Mike & Valinda Rowe of Enfield, IL. The Rowe’s provided the special class to make sure Mary was one of the first, if not THE first, person to achieve the training required to get her license once the application process is established.

“It has been quite a process to get instructors certified and to get a curriculum approved by the Illinois State Police” said the Rowes who went on to say, “IllinoisCarry received the certification for the curriculum that was written by members on Wednesday morning, Oct. 2 and we had Mary in class that afternoon. Mary was very engaged and a joy to teach and we consider it a privilege to be the ones to help this spunky lady get her license”.

In 2009, Mary was a victim of a vicious beating while working in her church in Anna. She went on to become one of the main plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the IL ban on carrying a gun outside the home. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the ban unconstitutional earlier this year and was instrumental in passage of the new Illinois concealed carry law this past spring. Illinois was the last of the 50 states in the nation to finally pass a Right to Carry law. The Illinois State Police are scheduled to begin accepting license application Jan. 5, 2014.

The IllinoisCarry forum was started in April 2004. The idea was that Illinois needed a central location to communicate ideas and information regarding 2nd Amendment issues in Illinois. There are many organizations in Illinois working to protect our 2nd Amendment Rights. Working with these groups IllinoisCarry has become the central location for information and Action Alerts. IllinoisCarry will not endorse political candidates. We simply provide information so voters can make informed decisions. Our goal is to join the other 48 states that allow their citizens to carry concealed firearms. We encourage you to register on our forum and join the fight for your 2nd Amendment Rights in Illinois. Visit

Mary Shepard
Ms. Shepard and an 83-year-old co-worker were viciously attacked and beaten by a six-foot-three-inch, 245 pound man with a violent past and a criminal record.


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Ed Murphy

I suggest a letter writing campaign to the Governor asking him to order (or request) the ISP to issue license #1 to Mary Shepard. How could he possibly refuse!


God bless you and thank you for making my rights mean something, my family and myself have served our country and some people just don’t get it. Shame on them and the people thAt did this too you. thank you

Pat Slevin

This woman should be as revered as one of our founding fathers as she has given liberty to those who before had none.

Thank You for your courage Mary. Not too many people can say “they made a difference.”


My salute to Mary Shepard, she definitely has earn the number one spot
to have the first permit issued. She has, as an American endured and
overcame to lead Illinois to accept the fact we the people do have a
right to self defense. My deepest thanks to you.

Kenneth Waggoner

No he’s had his FOID for about 10 years now. I’ll ask him about his CC license and post later.


Sorry but the criteria wasn”t even set in August yet. You sure he didn”t just recieve his FOID card?

Kenneth Waggoner

Uh sorry to burst the bubble but my stepfather got his back in August I think it was.

Bill Henderson

Way to go and thanks for leading us to freedom, got my certificate yesterday. I think we should all wait till the 2nd day applications are available. the 1st day we should all stand down and let Mary go first.


Way to go girl!

by your actions others can protect themselves into the future.

thank you

Robin Gray

Great news…I received my certificate Saturday and can’t wait till Jan.