Red Tape Shutters State’s Dealers

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Many firearm shops in Illinois are being forced to close because of a hot-button law that ensures state-level gun licensing. 

Freshly elected Democrat and Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the new measure. His predecessor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, however consistently vetoed the legislation claiming it was “largely duplicative” and citing that it would have negligible results on crime.

Some of the laws details are that it would instruct state police to issue gun shops their certifications based on a sliding fee that could range from $300 all the way to $40,000. It would also force the shops to clear several new hurdles such as using a gun storage plan, holding annual staff training and allowing local law officers to perform inspections.

Many gun advocates voiced their frustrations saying that the new guidelines mom and pop stores would be “forced to close through oversight by anti-gun appointees or being priced out of business.”

69-year-old Jim Barnard is one such owner and lamented, “I’m just going to retire, I guess,” when he shared he would close his shop after 40 years of business. “I hope that I can live off of what I’ve saved over the years.”

Mick Moore is another business owner forced out by the law. “I’ve fought it and fought it but I’m just not up to the fight much longer,” Moore shared.

Moore elaborated his position in a post to Facebook:

“I’ve worked 8 to 12 hrs a day for the last 8 years building my business as an honest and legal gun shop and put all the money back into inventory so I could provide what my loyal customers want. Never drawn a paycheck for my time. I send a nice check to the state of Illinois for sales tax every month. Now they want to add more hardships on all of the small local gun shops. There’s no way we can comply and stay in business.”

It’s more than a shame that hard working and law abiding Americans are being punished in such a fashion. Not only the owners but the customer who depend on them for the arms that keep them safe.

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