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Illinois: Committee to Hear Bill Again to Shut Down Your Gun Store

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Illinois: Committee to Hear Bill Again to Shut Down Your Gun Store

Today, the Illinois state Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 337, which would shut down your local gun stores with onerous red tape and regulations.  Governor Bruce Rauner has previously vetoed two of these egregious dealer licensing bills, but anti-gun legislators are not giving up.  Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to OPPOSE SA 3 to SB 337.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members.  In addition, please sign the witness slip for SA 3 to SB 337

Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 337, sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-3), 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.  SA 3 to SB 337 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.  (Click here to sign witness slip for SA 3 to SB 337)

Again, please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE SA 3 to SB 337.

Senate Judiciary Committee

Chair: Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) 217-782-5338
Vice Chair: Sen Elgie Sims (D-17) 217-782-3201
Sen. William Haine (D-56) 217-782-5247
Sen. Don Harmon (D-39) 217-782-8176
Sen. Michael Hastings (D-19) 217-782-9595
Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-40) 217-782-7419
Sen. John Mulroe (D-10) 217-782-1035
Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-8) 217-782-5500
Minority Spokesperson: Sen. Jason Barickman (R-53) 217-782-6597
Sen. Michael Connelly (R-21) 217-782-8192
Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-58) 217-782-8137
Sen. Jill Tracy (R-47) 217-782-2479

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