By Dan Eldridge
Just like a bad rash, SB1657, Firearms Dealer Licensing has come back before the Illinois General Assembly during this short session. Nothing has changed with respect to how poorly written or widely unpopular this bill is. In an effort to win over some support in the House, Illinois Senator Don Harmon . . .
who birthed this mess in the first place, brought a trailer bill to the floor of the senate without a public hearing. His SB333 proposes capping fees and deferring enactment of some of the provisions of SB1657. Unsurprisingly, it also casts FFL’s into a kafkaesque world by requiring video surveillance where existing law forbids it.
that location shall be equipped with a video
surveillance system sufficient to monitor the critical areas of
the business premises, including, but not limited to, all
places where firearms are stored, handled, sold, transferred,
or carried. The video surveillance system shall operate without
interruption whenever the licensee is open for business.
Here at Maxon, we carry in the bathroom. Some may even handle their firearms in the bathroom (despite best practices). So to be in compliance with the proposed law, we will have to videotape what happens our bathrooms. Swell.
Perhaps Senator Harmon can reconcile this requirement with the existing Illinois privacy law forbidding any videotaping in bathrooms and changing rooms. He was, after all, chief co-sponsor of that legislation in 2004.
It’s urgent that all Illinois residents contact their state rep and state senator to oppose SB1657 and SB333. You can contact them here: http://www.capwiz.com/
Dan Eldridge is the owner of Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in Des Plaines.