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Senator Fine: Gun Dealer Licensing a welcome change

fine 011719GLENVIEW – State Senator Laura Fine (D – Glenview) applauded the signing of a bill meant to stem the tide of illegal firearms trafficking in Illinois, calling the new law an important step toward sensible gun reform.

“This law provides a responsible solution to the gun safety issues that plague the state and the country,” Fine said. “Governor Pritzker’s action today to approve this Senate initiative is a welcome change.”

The Gun Dealer Licensing Act requires federally certified gun sellers to also receive certification from the Illinois State Police. Gun dealers must also train employees on how to conduct background checks and properly store and secure firearms to prevent theft.

The goal of the law is to help curb a major source of illegally trafficked guns.

“I was proud to vote for this measure as a member of the Illinois House, and I want to thank the Governor for taking the necessary action to protect the people of Illinois,” Fine said. “We have known the scope of this problem for years, and Illinoisans have clearly called for sensible gun reform. I’m excited that it has finally been delivered.”

The legislation was Senate Bill 337. The new law is effective immediately.

Munoz applauds signing of gun dealer licensing law

munoz 020818CHICAGO- A measure approved shortly after the killing of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer to combat illegal gun trafficking became law today.

Senate Bill 337 requires gun dealers to be certified with the Illinois State Police and to train employees on conducting background checks and taking measures to prevent theft. Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) released the following statement on the signing of the new law:

“Since my time serving as a Chicago police officer, it’s been my priority to find ways to prevent the illegal sales that put guns in the hands of wrongdoers. We are creating a way for the State to keep track of gun sales and make sure that all gun dealers are playing a part in keeping our communities safe.

“I applaud Governor Pritzker for starting off his first week in office by taking action on a commonsense measure that was long overdue.”

Collins: Gun dealer certification law will curb firearms trafficking

collins 042418CHICAGO — State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today as Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a measure requiring all firearms dealers in Illinois to receive Illinois State Police certification and take measures to prevent theft.

“I proudly acted as chief co-sponsor of this legislation in the Senate because I believe that to stem the tide of violence in our city and our state, we must put an end to a culture of irresponsibility around firearm ownership and sales,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “Guns used in 17 percent of crimes in Chicago came from just three of the state’s gun dealers. We need to hold irresponsible businesses accountable.”

Senate Bill 337 requires firearms dealers to certify with State Police, train employees in conducting background checks, and take steps to prevent theft that leads to firearms trafficking.

“The previous administration obstructed this long overdue measure,” Collins said. “I’m glad to see a step toward sensible gun reform and call on the governor and my colleagues in the legislature to ensure that it will not be the last one.”

Hunter: ‘Gun dealer licensing will save lives, keep communities safe’

hunter 112818CHICAGO–State Senator Mattie Hunter issued the following statement this morning in response to Gov. Pritzker signing the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act.

Hunter (D-Chicago 3rd) co-sponsored Senate Bill 337, which would require gun dealers to adopt responsible practices and would hold corrupt dealers accountable. The new law is intended to curb a major source of illegally trafficked firearms from entering Illinois communities:

“Senseless gun violence is devastating neighborhoods in Chicago and throughout the state each and every day, and I applaud the governor for taking immediate action to fight gun violence and protect our children and our families.

“While no single reform will end Illinois gun violence by itself, this new law is a start. It will help crack down on the handful of gun dealers who are abusing the process and will encourage businesses to adopt reasonable, sensible and good practices that will save lives, improve public safety and keep our communities safe.”

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