Time for Action: 
Support SB 337 Amendment #3
Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act 
FROM:
Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
Hilary Denk, LWVIL Issues Chair 
Mary Klonowski and Holly Fingerle, LWVIL Issue Specialists, Gun Violence Prevention

ACTION NEEDED: 
 
Contact your Illinois State Representative to support SB 337, Amendment #3, the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act . This bipartisan bill  incorporates key provisions of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act (GDL), in addition to incorporating new provisions that expand the bill's appeal across both aisles.  

To find your state representative: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

WHY IT MATTERS:
  • The new measure would require the Illinois State Police, rather than the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, to certify dealers who have been certified as Federal Firearm Licensees. 
     
  • Illinois State Police can inspect the Gun Dealers once/year.
     
  • The legislation also treats all gun dealers the same, eliminating an exemption for retailers for whom firearms make up less than 20 percent of their profit - the so-called "big box store exemption."
     
  • The bill incorporates provisions for electronic record keeping and safe storage.
     
  • Requires persons who sell guns privately to maintain proper transaction records or face penalties.
     
  • Provides penalties for not checking for valid FOID cards.
     
  • The key provisions from the Gun Dealer Licensing bill that will be maintained:
    • Installing surveillance equipment, 
    • maintaining an electronic inventory, anti-theft measures,
    • employee training.
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Phone: (312) 939-5935  | Email:  issues@lwvil.org  | website:  www.lwvil.org
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