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Illinois: Committee to Hear House Version of Gun Dealer Licensing Legislation

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Illinois: Committee to Hear House Version of Gun Dealer Licensing Legislation

On Monday, April 24, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 2541, the House companion bill to Senate Bill 1657.  It is imperative that you contact committee members and urge them to oppose this anti-gun legislation.  Please also sign a witness slip in opposition to House Bill 2541 by clicking here.


Just like Senate Bill 1657, HB 2541 creates an onerous gun dealer licensing scheme within the state.  While the purported intent of this legislation was to enhance “responsible business practices,” this proposed legislation only proves that the intention is to close as many federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) as possible.  The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) licenses and closely monitors all FFLs and strictly enforces any infringement of federal law.  SB 1657 goes far beyond federal law in its mandatory regulations and red tape imposed at the state level that it would almost assuredly force the closure of most firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones.  This legislation seeks to create so many department divisions, anti-gun 5-member licensing boards, and licensing fees that dealers would be forced to close through oversight by anti-gun appointees or being priced out of business. 

Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 2541.  Please also sign a witness slip in opposition to House Bill 2541 by clicking here.​

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