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Added Apr 24 2018

The General Assembly is back to work in Springfield today and we have a historic opportunity override Gov. Rauner’s veto of SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. But, we need you to get it done by calling and emailing your legislators today.

Gun violence is an everyday problem in Chicago and it's fueled by crime guns traced back to Illinois gun dealers. Contact your lawmaker NOW. It’s their one job to keep our families and communities safe. Click image to watch a video and send an email right now.

https://ilgvp.com/ouronejob/

    #OurOneJob - Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
    Governor Rauner has vetoed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657). It's now up to your state legislators to override the veto. Any child killed from gun violence impacts every parent. Sadly, injuries from gun violence are the leading cause of death for children in Illinois.
    https://ilgvp.com
  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Every day for the past five years, Sandy Hook Promise has been doing everything we possibly can to prevent more tragedies like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    Now, students across the country are stepping up to power a new surge of momentum for meaningful change. They're not just demanding adults take action to protect them from gun violence – they're eager to lead efforts to prevent tragedies from happening in their own schools and communities, too.

    That's why we're working so hard to encourage more students to create SAVE Promise Clubs – where young people are empowered with the tools to help prevent gun violence and sustain efforts to make their schools and communities safer.

    This is one very real way we can help prevent tragedies before they tear more communities apart, so please: Can we count on you to help bring a SAVE Promise Club to your local school and empower students to save lives?

    Click this link to learn more about how to bring a SAVE Promise Club to your local school to empower students to help prevent gun violence and save lives in their communities.

    https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/savepromiseclub

    Students are seizing this moment to push for real change, and it's up to us to support them. By working together, I know we will prevent more tragedies from happening.

    Paula Fynboh
    National Field and Programs Director

    P.S. Would you also forward this message to anyone you know who works in a school? The more people we can encourage to empower young people in their communities to make change, the more tragedies we can prevent and the more lives we can save from gun violence.

  • Bob, you are reintroducing information from a shut down thread. Well, here we go again. Bill 1657 seeks to create an anti-gun 5-member licensing boards and onerous mandatory regulations, fees and costs potentially in the thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of red tape that would almost assuredly force the closure of many firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already licenses and closely monitors all federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) and strictly enforces any violation of federal law. Local licensing is an unnecessary, costly layer of redundant bureaucracy.

  • Rauner in his own words...

    Today I veto Senate Bill 1657 from the 100th General Assembly, which would create a largely duplicative state level of licensing and regulation of gun dealers on top of existing federal licensing and regulation that would do little to improve public safety.

    The core issue is not which guns to legally ban or regulate. We have ample proof that such narrowly focused legislative responses make for good political cover, but they do little to stop the illegal flow of guns into Illinois or prevent people from committing thousands of crimes in our state each year with illegal guns.

    While I cannot support this costly and largely redundant legislation, I am committed to engaging in thoughtful, bipartisan conversation to prevent criminals from gaining access to guns.

    Our state is in desperate need of public safety solutions that will protect our citizens from those who would do them harm. There are no easy answers or quick fixes to the threat of gun violence, but answers do exist if we have the political will to work together to quickly develop and implement a comprehensive package of practical solutions.

    Positions divide, but interests unite. All sides of the gun debate share a common interest to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. In the coming days I plan to roll out a plan to achieve that goal and provide real solutions to real problems. I look forward to working with all parties willing to come together to secure our schools, combat crime, and make everyone in Illinois safer.

    Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return Senate Bill 1657, entitled “AN ACT concerning firearms”, with the foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.

  • SB 1657...

    Victim #1 – The Law Abiding Gun Owner. If SB1657 is eventually signed into law, the biggest loser will be the law-abiding gun owner. The bill would place an enormous regulatory burden on any entity determined to be a "gun dealer." Under the bill, a "gun dealer" is any entity that sells 9 or more guns per year. The cost of compliance with the bill's requirements would add anywhere from $150 to $300 to the retail price of any new firearm. Many current gun dealers would find it pointless to remain in business. As a result, Illinois gun owners may find themselves having to drive hundreds of miles to find a dealer still in business. It's important to note that the 9-gun limit also applies to private parties who sell 9 or more guns per year. Therefore, someone trying to sell off their gun collection would have to be licensed by the state and suffer all the regulatory requirements that full-fledged gun shops encounter. In short, most Illinois gun owners would find that their right to keep and bear arms had been effectively nullified.

  • SB 1657...

    Victim #2 – The Independent Gun Retailer. If passed, SB1657 would require firearm retailers to drastically alter their business processes. Such would include upgraded training for employees, updated security systems, and increased expenditure of staff-hours dedicated to government inspections of their stores. The net result would be a significant increase in fixed overhead costs for independent retailers. Increased overhead costs would be passed along to customers in the form of higher retailer prices to the tune of $150 to $300 per gun. Increased gun prices would artificially drive down demand for firearms by the law-abiding public. In effect, SB1657 would establish a tax on a Constitutional right. It should be noted that "big box" retailers are exempted from the bill's requirements because their gun sales do not exceed 20% of gross yearly sales for all lines. The exemption puts independent dealers at a serious competitive disadvantage – further driving the demise of independent gun shops. Having very little skin in the game could prompt the big box retailers to withdraw entirely from the firearms market – thus leaving Illinois citizens with no accessibility to firearms.

  • SB 1657...

    Victim #3 – Illinois Firearm Manufacturers. Under the original version of the Senate bill, firearm manufacturers would have to comply with the licensing bill as well. The costs to manufacturers would be prohibitive and they would have to move out of state or shut down,
    As usual, Bob is uninformed, but he never lets that cramp his style when it comes to pushing his agenda. Bill 1657 is an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy that seeks to create anti-gun 5-member licensing boards and onerous mandatory regulations, fees and costs potentially in the thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of red tape that would almost assuredly force the closure of many firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already licenses and closely monitors all federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) and strictly enforces any violation of federal law.

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