Thanks to your calls, emails and other efforts, the Illinois state Senate has so far delayed consideration on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto on legislation that would drive your local gun stores out of business with onerous red tape and regulations. Today, April 25th, is the deadline for any action to be taken on these bills, anti-gun Senators are expected to make a final push to override the veto. Please continue to contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE overriding the veto on Senate Bill 1657 and House Bill 1273. Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator. In addition, you may click here or call 217-782-2000 to find your state Senator.
Senate Bill 1657, sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-39), and House Bill 1273, sponsored by Representative Kathleen Willis (D-77), would create an onerous gun dealer licensing scheme within the state. While the purported intent of this legislation was to enhance “responsible business practices,” these bills only prove 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 violation of federal law. SB 1657 and HB 1273 go so far beyond federal law in its mandatory regulations and red tape imposed at the state level that they 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 and also call 217-782-2000 to contact your state Senator and urge them to oppose overriding the veto on SB 1657 and HB 1273. In addition, click here to find your state Senator.