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Illinois Lawmakers try to Increase Gun Sale Regulations

May 16, 2018 - 9:58 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois lawmakers are taking new aim at a bill to crack down on gun dealers who let weapons get in the wrong hands.

Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the first effort at new licensing regulations for gun dealers.  Opponents were concerned the original measure would have been difficult for businesses to comply with and for the state to administer.

Republican Senator Chris Nybo says he also had concerns with the first bill, but changes have brought him on board

"As we talk about a comprehensive approach to making our community safer and dealing with gun violence, there’s no doubt in my mind  that having safer practices and a better way of preventing gun trafficking originating from dealers here in Illinois needs to be a significant piece of that comprehensive approach," he says.
The new rules proposed by a bi-partisan group of lawmakers Tuesday would make it illegal for retailers to sell guns without being certified by the state. The stores must first be licensed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Suspected violations would be handled by the state police instead of a regulatory agency. 

Opponents contend the revamped legislation is an attempt to force the closing of some shops through increased licensing costs.

A Senate panel advanced the bill by an 8-3 vote.