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Moms Demand Action converge on state capital to demand more gun dealer regulations

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SPRINGFIELD – Busloads of gun control activists are converging at the State Capitol Wednesday, urging lawmakers to pass a "Gun Dealer Licensing Act" in light of gun violence around the nation.  

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – part of New York City-based organization Everytown for Gun Safety – says they support SB 1657 because it "requires responsible business practices among gun dealers and holds corrupt dealers accountable." 

Everytown's arch nemesis, the National Rifle Association, disagrees with Everytown's description of SB 1657. 

SB 1657 would create onerous mandatory regulations, fees potentially in the thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of red tape that would almost assuredly force the closure of many firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones," the NRA-ILRA website says.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already licenses and closely monitors all federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs)  and strictly enforces any violation of federal law, they argue. 

But Wednesday, photos of moms headed on buses towards the Capitol flooded Twitter and Facebook – calling for the Democrat-controlled Illinois House to push through the measure to the governor's desk. 

The Illinois Senate passed SB 1657 in a 30 to 21 vote in April 2017, with seven downstate Democrats registering an "NV" on the roll call. All Republicans except then-Minority Leader Christine Radogno opposed the measure. Radogno voted "Present." 

The vote will need a 3/5 vote to pass the House during the veto session. 

Those sponsoring SB 1657: 

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The Senate vote roll call: 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. More cheap emotionalism from women who watch “The View” every morning and believe what those certifiable nut-cakes tell them.
    Their usual clamor is for “Common-sense gun laws,” which REALLY means, in Democrat terms, “NO ONE SHOULD OWN ONE.”
    What they reall need to do is stay home and raise their kids to be decent and law-abiding human beings.
    But that would involve parental attention, and that involves thinking, and thinking makes their heads hurt.

  2. Common sense gun control makes sense:
    1). More good guys with concealed carry
    2) stop and frisk in places like chicago
    3). More disclosure of criminals and their whereabouts like in Chicago
    4) Ankle brackets and Home monitoring of people on parole, ex inmates, people on bond, known gang members
    5) tougher sentences for violent offenders
    6) known gang members especially in chicago should be known to everybody, not just police
    7). More armed security in venues
    8) more concealed carry of law abiding citizens
    9) supporting local police
    All this is COMMON SENSE