Willis - GUN DEALER LICENSING
This is the legislation that would force
your favorite gun store to close under a mountain of new
regulations. This bill will affect your ability to buy firearms or
ammunition in Illinois. Never mind the weight of all the federal
regulations that gun dealers and gun owners must deal with, your retailer
and you will have more Illinois regulations and fees now too.
The bill as amended
passed out of the Senate on a 30-21 vote in the spring session, and was
never called for a House vote. The push is on this week to try to
pass this bill
Recent media attention, including
Chicago's report about traces of recovered firearms, falsely paint a
narrative trying to drive an additional, unneeded, level of licensing for
firearms dealers. In a move defying logic, the bills specifically
carves out big box stores that sell firearms, giving them an unfair
advantage over your smaller, local firearms retailer.
Harmon - SFA1
- Details to try to get Gun Dealer Licensing to pass
This amended shell bill would water down of a few of the details in
SB1657, in order to ease opposition to Gun Dealer Licensing. In
reality, it is a delaying tactic only, putting off the expensive
privacy-invading video recording of all activity in the store, and
starting off the cost of licensing too low to support the expensive
implementation of yet another state government program. In other
words, the true cost of compliance would come into play shortly after
enacting dealer licensing.
Make no mistake, SB1657, with or without
SB333 will change the landscape of firearms retail business in Illinois,
forcing smaller dealers out of business, forcing you to drive longer and
further to shop for firearms and accessories. Only the largest gun
stores and the big box stores will survive.
What to do:
Today, as soon as you can, call your IL
State Representative at their Springfield office and express your
opposition to this unneeded legislation. Urge your representative
to oppose Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing, along with any additional
modifications that may pop up this week.
verify who your State Representative is, use the lookup app available at
the Illinois State Board of Elections website. (click here)
Even if you prefer email, also contact them at their Springfield
office. Email can be ignored, phones must be answered.
Remember, the person who answers the phone is usually a state employee
reporting to the senator, and is just doing their job