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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Illinois House Committee Approves Measure That Would Close Gun Dealers

On Tuesday, the Illinois House Judiciary Committee passed SB 1657 by a 7-6 vote, moving one step closer to forcing countless local gun dealers out of business.

The measure would require FFLs to submit to onerous mandatory regulations, pay fees potentially in the thousands of dollars, and impose excessive amounts of red tape that would not only endanger current firearms dealers, but would also deter prospective owners from starting new ones to take their place.

As if to make even clearer that this legislation is meant to target the average gun store, the measure would exempt both big-box stores and FFLs who sell fewer than 10 guns a year. But perhaps most galling is the fact that such dealers are already governed by strict regulations at the federal level—and this bill wouldn’t do anything new to increase safety or stop crime.

Use Your Power!

With this bill on its way to the House floor for final consideration, it’s more important than ever that Illinois residents contact their state representatives and strongly urge them to OPPOSE SB 1657. To contact your representative, click here.