Given that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives regulates all gun stores and other Federal firearms licensees, why would a state want to require them to have a state license as well? The answer is simple – to put them out of business.
That is the case in Illinois where the legislature passed bills that would require all stores selling guns – Mom & Pops, hardware stores, and the big box stores – to have a state license which costs $1,000 for 5 years. This adds a $200 cost to the annual $300 cost of a 01 FFL. The gun prohibitionists also know that the big box stores are more susceptible to PR blackmail – witness Dick’s, Kroger’s, and Walmart – than the Mom & Pop gun shops.
The Illinois State Rifle Association is asking Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) to stand up and veto these bills.
LEGISLATIVE ALERT – CORRECTED
It is time to call Governor Rauner!
Please politely call the office of Constituent Affairs at 217.782.0244 and ask the Governor to VETO
both Gun Dealer Licensing Bills: SB1657 and HB1273.
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If you are a gun owner living in the Prairie State, you NEED to belong to ISRA. Since concealed carry passed, the number of members has dropped while the number of permits and gun owners has increased. Too many people rested on their laurels and bad guns bills got through as a result. You want the politicians, especially those in marginal districts, to look out and see all those members. You want them to weigh their actions carefully. You want them to realize that voting for gun control is a sure bet that they won’t be reelected which is the goal, stated or otherwise, of damn near every politician.