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  • villivalam 011819SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Ram Villivalam released the following statement regarding the statewide gun dealer certification law that was signed by Gov. JB Pritzker this morning.

    “Gun dealers have not been adequately regulated in the state of Illinois. If a hair dresser and a dog groomer need to be certified, then so should a gun dealer. This bill ensures that those who wish to sell firearms meet standards that are necessary to keeping the people of Illinois safe,” Villivalam (D-Chicago) said.

    Under the law, Illinois gun dealers will need certification by the Illinois State Police. It requires gun dealers to safely store firearms at all times, requires them to make copies of FOID cards or IDs and attach them to documentation detailing each gun sale, and requires employees to undergo annual training about the law and responsible business practices. It also requires gun dealers to open their place of business for inspection by state and local police.

    “This is a critical step in addressing the epidemic of gun violence in our state,” Villivalam said. “By no means will this legislation solve all of our problems related to firearms, but it will make these weapons more difficult to acquire for those who wish to do harm. It is a crucial gun violence prevention measure.”

  • gillespie guns 011719SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) released the following statement on statewide gun dealer licensing being signed into law this morning:

    “We have lost too many children in this state to senseless gun violence. This law is not the solution to the problem, but it is a step in the right direction. People in the Northwest Suburbs are tired of gun violence and they want change. They welcome more oversight of gun purchases, and it is commendable that the state and responsible firearms dealers will be working together to achieve that.”

  • lightford 082018CHICAGO- A proposal that regulates gun dealers in an effort to limit the illegal sale of firearms and make more information on gun crimes available to the public became law today.

    Senate Bill 337 was approved in the aftermath of the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida and in response to the senseless loss of lives throughout Illinois. Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) released the following statement on the signing of the new law:

    “For years, we have seen tragedy after tragedy throughout Illinois and across the country, and this is a victory for those who decided that our communities deserve better. This law brings us step closer to keeping guns out of the wrong hands, and brings some comfort to those who have lost a loved one.

    “Governor Pritzker’s support for this legislation brings hope that we will be able to work on more commonsense gun measures moving forward.” 

  • aquino 053118CHICAGO- A plan approved after the killing of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer and the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that holds corrupt gun dealers accountable and curbs illegal gun trafficking became law today.

    Senate Bill 337 creates a certification process for firearm dealers through the Illinois State Police, and allows for more information on gun crimes to be made public. Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) released the following statement on the new law:

    “We know that a high number of gun crimes are committed with illegally-owned firearms, and it’s not enough to keep sending our condolences to those affected by gun violence. This law brings us closer to answering the calls to action of parents, advocates and survivors across the state.

    “I’m glad that Governor Pritzker chose to take rapid action on this important piece of legislation, and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to continue bringing forward much needed reforms like the one he signed today.”

  • 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 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 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 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.”

  • harmon 053018SPRINGFIELD – A bipartisan plan to regulate gun dealers and reduce the number of illegal guns being used to commit crimes in the state was sent to the governor today.

    Senate Bill 337, sponsored by State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), is the result of a bipartisan compromise that took place after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar measure on March 13.

  • harmon 051618SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate today approved a bipartisan initiative to regulate gun dealers and reduce the number of illegal guns being used to commit crimes in the state.

    Senate Bill 337 is sponsored by State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and builds on a similar measure he sponsored that Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed March 13. Lawmakers were unable to override the veto despite urging from Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, medical professionals who treat gunshot victims and others.

  • SPRINGFIELD – Following the Illinois Senate’s passage of a compromise on gun dealer licensing, Senator Daniel Biss issued the following statement:

    “It is long past time to improve our nation’s inadequate gun laws to save lives. This measure provides our law enforcement agencies more information about gun purchases,” said Biss (D-Evanston). “This long-overdue regulatory action should be the first step toward comprehensive gun safety reform.”

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