(Received: 06/16/2016, Posted: 05/16/2016)
Witness Slips Needed!
HB1016 HFA 1 Gun Dealer Licensing Act
Amendment 1 has been filed on HB1016 Safety Tech, which would create the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, one of the most onerous assaults on gun rights seen in Illinois in years. It is scheduled for Judiciary - Criminal Committee hearing May 17, 2016 at 1:00PM in Stratton Building Room D-1 Springfield, IL.
HB1016, if allowed to become law, will add layer upon layer of red tape to the process of selling firearms, red tape meant not to make society safer but designed to drive gun dealers out of business.
HB1016 stipulates that:
Dealers must obtain permission from the local sheriff to operate their business
Family members may not participate in the family business if under age 21
Applicants for a license must have 5 years licensee experience and pass a written exam
Employees must be licensed in the same way doctors and lawyers are licensed, including continuing education on subjects still to be defined
Any person selling more than 8 firearms can be retroactively considered a dealer
A license shall not be issued to locations within 500 feet of a school, preschool, or day-care facility, eliminating all possibility of gun stores in Chicago and other cities.
Every sale is to be video recorded, available for inspection by State and Federal authorities, which is tantamount to firearm registration!
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