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State lawmakers make another attempt license gun dealers

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A group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers is making another attempt at passing a gun dealer licensing bill in Illinois. 

Senate Bill 337 would contain parts of state Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park)'s Gun Dealer Licensing Act, which Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed. Harmon said it would also create provisions to better track and and record private gun sales. 

“We took seriously concerns about the bureaucracy included in the Gun Dealer Licensing Act,” Harmon said. “This legislation provides much-needed oversight on gun purchases without creating a new bureaucracy.”

The new legislation would put state gun dealer licensing under the Illinois State Police, instead of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. It also eliminates exemptions for small and large gun dealers. 

The measure creates a penalty for people who fail to maintain a record of a private gun sale, and requires the state police to make some information about guns used in crimes available to the public. 

SB 337 moves on for potential action in the Senate. State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) is a co-sponsor of the legislation. 

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