CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - Gun dealers selling firearms will now have to be certified and private sellers will need to keep records gun sale transactions in the state of Illinois.
On Thursday, Jan. 17, Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 337, which creates two acts regulating the sale of guns.
- Firearm Dealer License Certification Act requires gun dealers in to be certified by Illinois State Police. State-licensed dealers are required to provide annual training to employees, have video surveillance in gun stores, and be open for inspection by ISP and local law enforcement.
- Gun Trafficking Information Act requires ISP to publish key information related to crime-related firearms and imposes penalties on individuals who fail to maintain a record of a private sale.
This is the second bill Gov. Pritzker signed since taking office Monday, Jan. 14.
Gun violence survivors, prevention advocates, community leaders and elected officials witnessed Pritzker taking action on the measure.
Advocates of the bill believe it will help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and decrease gun violence.
The bill’s sponsor in the House, Rep. Kathleen Will, said “This bipartisan law will not harm any gun dealer that operates in good faith, but it does ensure accountability for dealers that fail to make efforts to keep guns from falling into the hands of criminals.”
State Senator Dale Fowler opposed the bill when it went before the Senate and voiced his concerns about the governor’s action:
State Rep. Terri Bryant had cast a number of no votes against what was known as the ‘gun-dealer licensing bill’ during the previous General Assembly.
State Rep. Dave Severin said it will create new costs for small gun businesses.
The measure makes Illinois the 16th state to require gun dealers to be state certified. It passed out of the Senate by a vote of 35 to 20 and was eligible to go before the governor on May 30, 2018.