Illinois lawmakers reboot vetoed gun dealer licensing bill (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Sponsors call it a bipartisan measure to curb illegal gun trafficking. Gun stores say it is a move to drive them out of business. Either way, it’s back.
State Senator Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, saw his original gun dealer licensing act pass the legislature only to see it rejected two months ago by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner as “duplicative” of federal firearms licensing regulations. On Tuesday, buoyed by members of the GOP, Harmon saw a fresh attempt, SB 337, pass out of committee and head to the chamber’s floor for further consideration. Harmon says it addresses Rauner’s concerns with the scuttled bill.
“We took seriously concerns about the bureaucracy included in the Gun Dealer Licensing Act,” Harmon said. “This legislation provides much-needed oversight on gun purchases without creating a new bureaucracy.”
Whereas the first version would direct the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to draw up licensing guidelines for legal gun shops in the state, the new proposal would place a more streamlined responsibility in the hands of the Illinois State Police. It would mandate gun dealers create a safe storage plan for their firearm inventory both during buisness hours and when closed, institute new signage requirements and hold annual training