Time for Action: 
SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing Act
Moms Demand Action Lobby Day in Springfield  
February 23, 2018
FROM: 
Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
Hilary Denk and Heather Cunningham, LWVIL Issues Co-chairs
Mary Klonowski, Issues Specialist

ACTIONS NEEDED:
  1. Call your State Representative to support SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act which would both license and regulate Gun Dealers in Illinois. The bill has already passed the Senate and is expected to be considered in the House during the week of February 26th .  Find  contact information for your State Legislator at http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/   
  2. Join the Moms Demand Action Lobby Day in Springfield on Wednesday, February 28thRegister at the link and share this link with your friends. It's important to register in advance because we are expecting so many participants
    https://www.grassrootsnetworkil.com/event/springfield-lobby-day/ 
WHY IT MATTERS:

Licensing and regulating gun dealers would help stem the flow of illegal guns, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. This law would require:
  • All places of business, including all records and inventories, open for inspection by law enforcement during all hours of operation
  • Background checks of gun dealers and their employees
  • A video surveillance system and security requirements to discourage theft, illegal sales and straw purchases [A straw purchaser is a person with a clean background who purchases firearms specifically on behalf of a person prohibited from purchasing a firearm because he or she is a convicted felon, domestic violence misdemeanants, juvenile, mentally ill individual or other federally or state-defined prohibited person.]
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Phone: (312) 939-5935  | Email:  issues@lwvil.org  | website:  www.lwvil.org
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