The Illinois State Rifle Association is urging citizens to call their state senators and encourage them to vote against the Firearms Industry Licensing Act.
If passed, SB 337 would make it a Class 4 felony for more than one failure to provide records on private gun sales, which includes transfers among family members. Private citizens would also be charged with a Class 4 felony unless they register the firearm sale or transfer with the police.
People would be barred from holding a gun certificate even if they have never been charged or convicted of a crime because people can’t hold a certificate if they have had had their FOIL or CCL suspended or revoked for any reason.
Firearm industry businesses would be required to maintain and submit a roster of employees to the police, which would be difficult for businesses with a lot of employees. Businesses would also be required to log new firearm shipments within five days or 24 hours of being unpacked or placed in inventory—a demand that would be burdensome to businesses that order large quantities of inventory in a single purchase order.
Additionally, the bill would create state license fees that are up to five times that of a federal license.