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Death and Resurrection of Gun Dealer Licensing

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Gun Dealer Licensing has been a hot topic in Illinois. The anti freedom coalition of politicians have been pushing it for for over a year. In 2018, SB1657 passed both the Illinois senate and the Illinois house of representatives, to be vetoed by Governor Rauner. But that’s not the end of the story.

After the veto from the Governor, the Senate and House have the ability to over ride a veto. To over ride a veto the bill must again pass both chambers but with a 3/5 super majority of votes within a set amount of time. The bill went back to the senate, and although the senate played games with the calendar, Senator Harmon was unable to gather enough support for SB1657, Gun Dealer Licensing.  Therefore Gun Dealer Licensing effectively died on April 25th, 2018, as the timer expired.

April 25th 2018 also coincided with Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, an Event sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association. As you could imagine Gun Dealer Licensing was a hot topic at the event. And the pro gun social media, such as Illinois Gun Owners Together, was abuzz with cheers from various freedom loving patriots.

But, those cheers were short lived as Senator Harmon put out a press release which reads in part,

Today, I am reintroducing the substance of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act as an amendment to an existing bill, Senate Bill 337, and I will begin work immediately on gathering support for the measure.

While Gun Dealer Licensing, SB1657, has been killed and buried, Gun Dealer Licensing has been reborn as Senate Bill 337, Senate Floor Amendment 2 which was filed by Senator Harmon on April 25th, 2018.

This proves that the cost of freedom is eternal vigilance. Those who wish to take your rights are a persistent bunch.

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