One day after the House passed the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act (SB 337), 35 Democrats and Republicans in the Senate stood side by side to vote in favor of passing a responsible bipartisan policy that holds corrupt gun dealers accountable. It will keep thousands of illegal guns traced each year to Illinois gun dealers from getting into the wrong hands – 4,000 such illegal guns end up in our communities every year. You can see the roll call here.
The measure would require the Illinois State Police to certify dealers and enacts provisions to better record and track private sales.
Several key provisions are:
• requiring certified licensees to make a copy of the buyers or transferee’s valid FOID card or ID and attach it to the documentation detailing the sale.
• requiring employees to have annual training regarding legal requirements, identifying straw purchasers and responsible business practices.
• requiring certified licensees to have their place of business open for inspection by the State Police and local law enforcement.
Now it’s Gov. Rauner‘s turn to do the right thing and sign this bill. Our children and families cannot afford another one of his vetoes. We’re going to need your help urging him to do his one job, to keep children and communities safe, by signing SB 337. Please here to call the Governor and sign the petition.
Everyday shootings are every day problems and everyone’s kid are our kids. Let’s do our one job and save their lives.