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Illinois: Anti-Gun Groups Create Coalition to Target Firearm Retailers

Monday, May 2, 2016

Illinois: Anti-Gun Groups Create Coalition to Target Firearm Retailers

Anti-gun lawmakers and out-of-state gun control groups are at it again.  Last Thursday, the creation of an anti-gun coalition consisting of Illinois legislators and former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was announced along with their latest gun control campaign of misinformation.  This new campaign seeks to blame criminal activity on law-abiding firearm dealers under the guise of “responsible business practices.”  The coalition seeks to impose, among many other things, background checks for the employees of retailers.  What the coalition fails to understand is that a FOID card is already required for employment at such businesses and requires a background check in order to obtain.  This new anti-gun scheme just shows that out-of-state interests are attempting to push their political agendas into states regardless of current law and their understanding of it.  If these lawmakers were truly interested in preventing crime, perhaps they could spend more time on figuring out how to fund law enforcement for the coming year.

Other proposed requirements include, state mandated training and education for retailers and employees as well as mandatory storage requirements for guns at retailers.  These egregious requirements are only an attempt to place undue financial burdens on lawful firearm dealers and potentially price them out of being able to do business.

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