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Gun Dealer Licensing Act

  • collins sb1657veto“The governor has chosen to ignore the clear voice of the people.”

    State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today after hearing reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will veto legislation that would impose licensing on gun dealers in Illinois:

    “In every corner of our country, the voices of young people who have seen the lives of their friends and loved ones cut short are raised in unison to call on us to act,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “By choosing to veto this legislation, the governor has chosen to ignore the clear voice of the people in favor of a gun lobby whose aims no longer represent the views of even the vast majority of gun owners.

    “To do this is to turn his back on the families who, united in pain, have pushed for change and found support in the legislature.”

    Collins is a chief co-sponsor of the legislation, SB 1657.

  • harmon 031218State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) today joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, fellow legislators, gun violence prevention advocates and victims of gun violence in calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

    The measure would allow Illinois to license gun dealers, holding corrupt dealers accountable and cracking down on straw purchases. According to a 2014 report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, almost 20 percent of all guns recovered from crimes scenes in Chicago from 2009-2013 came from three of the state’s 2,400 dealers.

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  • harmon 041118SPRINGFIELD – A poll released today shows that a majority of Illinoisans support Senator Don Harmon’s (D-Oak Park) plan to license gun dealers at the state level.

    The poll, conducted by the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, found broad, bipartisan support for the Gun Dealer Licensing Act among suburban and downstate residents in areas viewed by some as less supportive of gun legislation.

    Overall, 71 percent of respondents favor state licensing of gun dealers with only 23 percent in opposition. Support for the proposal was strong among downstate respondents (67 percent), West Suburban respondents (74 percent), Republicans (65 percent) and even among gun owners (63 percent).

  • raoul 030118 2SPRINGFIELD —  State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act:

    “It’s unconscionable for the governor to take this action when gun violence continues to plague communities across our state.

    “This is a personal issue for me. I have experienced gun violence just outside my front door on multiple occasions while my children were home, and I have close friends who lost children to gun violence within blocks of my home.

  • gun dealerIn spite of repeated pleas from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers to support commonsense measures to curb gun violence and help sweep unregistered firearms off the streets, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

    According to a 2014 report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, almost 20 percent of all guns recovered from crimes scenes in Chicago between 2009 and 2013 came from three of the state’s 2,400 dealers. Although Democratic and Republican lawmakers supported the gun dealer licensing legislation, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson and many gun safety advocates and victims' families, the governor vetoed the bill today.