Lawmakers’ New Gun Dealer Licensing Proposal Addresses Illegal Gun Sales

Lawmakers' New Gun Dealer Licensing Proposal Addresses Illegal Gun Sales

Sen. Harmon (D- Oak Park) — center — on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. He is joined by a group of lawmakers to propose a new effort to license gun dealers and address illegal gun sales in the state. After Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a proposal to license gun dealers , several legislators are suggesting a new, bipartisan approach in hopes of getting his support. Rauner previously said he found the measure too burdensome for small gun shop owners. Other opponents, like Republican state Sen. Chris Nybo of Elmhurst, said they thought the process was too bureaucratic. After Rauner vetoed the measure, state Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, unsuccessfully lobbied for an override vote. Harmon said not enough House members could vote in favor. So, he decided to work with legislators to amend an existing bill with language from the original proposal, one that could garner more bipartisan support. In a Tuesday press conference, several lawmakers joined Harmon — including Nybo. Nybo said while he didn’t support the first measure, he can get behind the new effort because it streamlines the certification process and treats dealerships the same, regardless of size. The previous version made a distinction between smaller shops and larger chain stores. “What we’ve done is we’ve taken a bill in my opinion, that was difficult for businesses and difficult for the state and that really had a penalizing an onerous effect on law-abiding businesses," Nybo said. Under the amendments, all gun shop dealers would […]

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