Gun dealer licensing gets House OK again, returns to Senate

Gun dealer licensing gets House OK again, returns to Senate

Hide caption @brendenmoore13 The latest version of gun dealer licensing legislation passed the Illinois House Tuesday afternoon. Senate Bill 337 cleared the lower chamber 65-49, with mostly Democrats and some suburban Republicans voting in the affirmative. Since it was amended, it heads back to the Senate for a concurrence vote, which will have to take place by Thursday for it to pass before the end of the legislative session. If signed into law, it would require gun dealers to certify their federal license with the Illinois State Police. It also calls for a study of gun trafficking data and imposes a penalty on private dealers who fail to keep adequate records of private sales. The effort rose from the ashes of a failed attempt to license gun shops at the state level. That bill, Senate Bill 1657, would have required gun dealers to register for a five-year license with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The idea was to ensure professional standards, like proper employee training and adequate video surveillance, were being met. It was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in March, however, and attempts to garner support for an override were unsuccessful with opponents deeming the bill overly burdensome, duplicative and difficult to comply with and enforce. But the compromise effort won over Republican votes in both chambers by cutting out bureaucratic red tape, eliminating an exemption for big-box stores and lessening the burden on small gun dealers. State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, said the legislation […]

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