You may remember the enormous outcry when a Springfield Armory’ and Rock River Arms-paid lobbyist brokered a big box retailer and manufacturer carve-out deal with the Illinois legislature that enabled the progress of a gun dealer licensing law. A law carefully designed to . . .
increase the cost of doing business for independent gun dealers and intrude upon Illinois residents’ gun rights — notably by requiring all gun sales to be videotaped. Thanks to grassroots opposition, led in part by a semi-penitent Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms, the law was shelved. Not killed. Shelved. Now it’s back.
Here’s the Illinois State Rifle Association’s call to arms [via ammoland.com] to defeat the resurrected legislation:
SB1657 Willis – Gun Dealer Licensing:
This is the legislation that would force your favorite gun store to close under a mountain of new regulations. This bill will affect your ability to buy firearms or ammunition in Illinois. Never mind the weight of all the federal regulations that gun dealers and gun owners must deal with, your retailer and you will have more Illinois regulations and fees now too.
The bill as amended passed out of the Senate on a 30-21 vote in the spring session, and was never called for a House vote. The push is on this week to try to pass this bill
Recent media attention, including Chicago’s report about traces of recovered firearms, falsely paint a narrative trying to drive an additional, unneeded, level of licensing for firearms dealers. In a move defying logic, the bills specifically carves out big box stores that sell firearms, giving them an unfair advantage over your smaller, local firearms retailer.
SB333 Harmon – SFA1 – Details to try to get Gun Dealer Licensing to pass
This amended shell bill would water down of a few of the details in SB1657, in order to ease opposition to Gun Dealer Licensing. In reality, it is a delaying tactic only, putting off the expensive privacy-invading video recording of all activity in the store, and starting off the cost of licensing too low to support the expensive implementation of yet another state government program. In other words, the true cost of compliance would come into play shortly after enacting dealer licensing.
All gun dealers are already federal firearms licensees, subject to extensive regulation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires). This law would add another layer of bureaucracy to the free exercise of the Second Amendment-protected right to keep and bear arms. By yet another group of bureaucrats who are sworn enemies of that right.
The fight is on. Again. Watch this space.