(Received: 05/16/2016, Posted: 05/16/2016)



The ISRA warned you weeks ago that the gun-controllers planned to introduce legislation to shut down Illinois gun shops. Well folks, that day has arrived.

Late Wednesday, the gun-grabbers introduced HB1016, "The Gun Dealer Licensing Act." Instigated by gun-hating Astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, HB1016 would make it nearly impossible to operate a successful retail firearm dealership here in Illinois.

HB1016 consists of 42 pages of mind-numbing bureaucratic hogwash carefully crafted to obscure its objective of shuttering your favorite gun shop. The heart of HB1016 is the requirement that all firearm dealers must have a state-issued license in order to operate.

As you probably know, firearm dealers are already required to hold a Federal Firearms License (FFL). FFL holders are held to a high standard of business practices, record keeping, and inspections by federal agents. The federal licensing procedures are apparently quite effective, as it is a rare occasion that an FFL holder is found to be criminally liable for his or her actions.

The strict federal standards for gun retailers are not good enough for Illinois gun-grabbers - simply because federal law does not include an outright ban on the sale of firearms to civilians. But, then again, that is why we call gun-grabbers, "gun-grabbers." They want to grab your guns by any means possible.

So, in steps Mark Kelly and his band of gun-grabbers to "fix" federal law by instituting a whole raft of complicated, time consuming and expensive state regulations. HB1016 is rotten to the core and a perfect example of government at its worst. We could go on page after page with what's wrong with HB1016, but we will not. Instead, here are some of the most distasteful provisions contained within this latest attempt to take your guns away from you.

  • The licensing process would be administered by a 5-member board consisting of: a police chief; a state cop; an officer of a gun control organization; a lawyer; and an FFL holder. Gun owners are entirely without representation on this board. We all know what that means.

  • The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is empowered to establish dealer licensing fees at its whim without oversight. We all know what that means.

  • The Department of Financial Professional Regulation is empowered to require the completion of any written or computer-generated forms the board feels are necessary to discharge its licensing authority - including the creation of state-wide gun registration forms. Register your guns now - get them confiscated later.

  • Firearm retailers will be subject to unlimited inspections by administrative authorities (you know what that means). The board may also shut down a firearm retailer at any time for "public safety" reasons (and you know what that means too).

  • In order to apply for a state license, an applicant must have already worked for 5 years in a licensed gun shop. So, you cannot get into the business of dealing firearms unless you have already been in the business of dealing firearms - the perfect Catch 22.

  • Any person (this means you) who transfers more than 8 guns per year must hold a state dealer license. So, even if you want to put 10 guns on consignment at a licensed gun shop, you have to hold a state dealer's license. In order to get a state dealer's license, you have to have an FFL and you must also have 5 years' worth of experience working in a gun shop. Get the picture of what this bill is trying to accomplish? Under HB1016 there are only 3 ways to liquidate your gun collection: 1) Sell off no more than 8 guns per year; 2) Turn all your guns in at one of Fr. Pfleger's guy buy-backs or; 3) Die and leave your collection to your relatives.

There are quite a number of other anti-gun gems hidden in HB1016 including establishment of arbitrary dealer qualifications, written and oral examinations, continuing education classes, and a confusing array of licensee categories. Add all these regulations up and you create a business landscape rife with pitfalls.

Let's face it, firearm retailers are, first and foremost, businessmen. They operate their shops in order to make a profit so they can feed their families and do the things in life that they enjoy. If a firearm retailer cannot make sufficient profit selling firearms, he or she will move on to some business endeavor - it's that simple. HB1016 makes it virtually impossible for a person to make any money selling firearms. And that, friends, is the rest of the story.

If HB1016 does get signed into law, the immediate effect will be the closing of most gun shops in the state. The shops that remain open will be nothing like they were before HB1016. Costs of complying with HB1016 will add at least $100 to $200 to the price of any gun you buy. Ammunition will skyrocket in price as well. The selection of products will most likely be very limited. Remember - gun shops would be subject to closure at any time for creating a "public safety hazard." We do not doubt for a moment that shops would be shut down for selling the "wrong" kinds of guns - and we all know what that means.

Probably the most telling language in HB1016 comes at the end of the bill where it is stated that "The Gun Dealer Licensing Act" would "sunset" in 2027. The message is clear, the authors of HB1016 figure it will take 10 years to eliminate all gun shops from Illinois and, after that, "The Gun Dealer Licensing Act" will no longer be needed.

Bottom line - HB1016 is one of the most dangerous collections of insidious threats to your gun rights that we have ever seen. As always, there is only one person who can stop HB1016 from passing - and that person is YOU.


  1. Beginning Monday, May 16th start calling Senator Don Harmon's offices at (217) 782-8176 and (708) 848-2002 and politely tell the person that answers the phone that you are a law-abiding firearm owner and that you are steadfastly opposed to Sen. Harmon's Firearm Dealer Licensing bill.

  2. Beginning Monday, May 16th, start calling Representative Kathleen Willis' offices at (217) 782-3374 and (708) 562-6970 and politely tell the person that answers the phone that you are a law-abiding firearm owner and that you are steadfastly opposed to Rep. Willis' Firearm Dealer Licensing bill.

  3. On May 16th, contact your own State Senator and your State Representative and politely tell them that you are a law abiding firearm owner how is opposed to state licensing of firearm retailers and that you would like your State Senator and State Representative to vote against any bills that would license firearm retailers.

  4. Pass this alert on to all your gun owning friends and family and tell them to make calls as well.

  5. Please post this alert to any and all Internet blogs, bulletin boards and social media sites to which you may belong.